Revised as of 20 July 2017
I don’t know why I never pursued the yes before. Lord knows I’ve been uncomfortable with texting yeah as a thumbs-up response. There had to be something better. And, yay, I found it! The yeas are in, and I’m going all yay-happy.
More of the Affirmative
With English such a rich language, there are a number of ways to be positive AND convey a mood. Think about it. Put that imagination to work and consider a scene in which a character responds with a moody all right, a sarcastic sure, or a few obsequious of courses or absolutelys. Indeed and very well conjure up images of a stiff conservative type while yes, indeedy makes me think of Dr. Who.
By all means, there are more words that give a business-like feeling or of that between equals such as certainly, right, affirmative, in the affirmative, and agreed. And lord only knows how many more are out there. So have fun!
…started as my way of dealing with a professional frustration with properly spelled words that were out of context in manuscripts I was editing as well as books I was reviewing. It evolved into a sharing of information with y’all. I’m hoping you’ll share with us words that have been a bête noir for you from either end.
|Credit to: Apple Dictionary.com; Dictionary.com: yeah|
|Part of Grammar:|
|Adverb 1; Exclamation 2
Variant spelling: yea
|Adverb 3, 4
Variant spelling: yay
|Adverb; Exclamation; Noun
Variant spelling: yea, yeh, yes
|Exclamation; Noun; Verb, transitive|
[North American; informal; with adjectives of measure] So
|A formal yes in voting
[Archaic or formal] Yes
Not only this but even
Used to express agreement in answer to a question, request, or offer or with an earlier statement
Used to introduce a phrase with greater emphasis or clearness
Used to show uncertainty or polite interest
Used to indicate excitement
Used as a response to someone addressing one or otherwise trying to attract one’s attention
Used to question a remark or ask for more detail about it
Encouraging someone to continue speaking
I knew him when he was yay big.
I dunno. I reckon he was about yay high…
Yay! I’m so happy for you.
She has the right to say yea or nay.
He was full, yea, crammed with anxieties.
Yea, and he did come.
He was a good, yea, a noble man.
How say you? Yea or nay?
Yea, though thou dost spurn me, I shall come about.
The yeas have it.
“Will you cook dinner tonight?” “Yeah, sure.”
This is the year of yeah.
We got that, like, ya know, that yeah connection.
“Are you ready?” “Yes, I am.”
Yes, I think you are right.
We are glad, yes, very glad to see you!
Yes? Who’s there?
Yes, what can I do for you?
Yes! We won!
“That was a grand evening.” “Yes, it was.”
“You don’t want to go.” “Yes, I do.”
“Oh, Mr. Lawrence.” “Yes?”
“It should be easy to check.” “Oh yes? How?”
You think I perhaps killed Westbourne, yes?
“When you bought those photographs…” “Yes?”
Ooh, plenty to eat, including hot roast beef sandwiches (yes!).
“Did it come as a surprise to you?” “Yes and no.”
His answer is yes.
We need a yes to take immediate action.
Yes, do it.
All that yessing and noing was going to give me a headache.
|Noun: aye||Adverb: ay, aye|
|History of the Word:|
|1 1960s and probably a variant of the adverb yea or yeah.||Before 900, Old English gēa or gē is of Germanic origin and related to the Dutch and German ja.
Middle English ye, ya
|American English, colloquial, by 1863, from a drawling pronunciation of yes.
1900-05 as a variant of yea or yes.
|Old English gēse or gīse is probably from an unrecorded phrase meaning may it be so.|
C’mon, get it out of your system, bitch, whine, moan…which words are your pet peeves?
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