30 April 2010

Yea vs. Yeah vs. Yay

Yea1 -- an expression of excitement, synonymous with (and rhymes with) hooray; e.g. Yay! My book just got accepted! Isn't that great.

Yea2 -- an archaic form of "yes"; e.g. So, shall we celebrate? Yea or nay?

Yeah -- an expression of agreement; nothing rhymes with it, but it is commonly used in the expression "Hell, yeah!"; e.g. Yeah. Let's go.

Yay -- a (seemingly accepted) misspelling of Yea1;

If you're going to use them, get them right.
That is all.