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Yeah, Yea, Yay and Ye

A guide for the ordinary person perplexed by affirmative exclamations beginning with Y.

Posted: Nov 16, 2011 05:23 pm

I made up this little matching quiz for Liz, but anyone can play.

How do you pronounce these words? What does each one mean?

1. yeah
2. yea
3. yay
4. ye

A. a one syllable word meaning yes
B. a usually plural form of ‘you’ that rhymes with ‘he’ and ‘she’
C. a cheer that rhymes with ‘hooray’
D. a two syllable word meaning yes

Here are the answers. Click the word for Dictionary.com.

Yeah – D. a two syllable word meaning yes

Yea – A. a one syllable word meaning yes

Yay – C. a cheer that rhymes with ‘hooray’

Ye – B. a usually plural form of ‘you’ that rhymes with ‘he’ and ‘she’

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