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What is the origin of the the new word yay?

Question #67188. Asked by googurl.

Watson_Fan
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Watson_Fan

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Apparently it was originally taken from the word 'Yeah', which was taken from 'Yes'. People often say yes to rejoice, so saying 'Yay' is equal to it.

Jun 20 2006, 5:41 AM
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Baloo55th
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Baloo55th
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Been around for at least 12 years that I know of - so how new is new? Possibly from 'yea' rather than 'yeah'. Pronounced like 'yea' but with a different intonation. 'Yea' goes with things like 'verily', whereas 'yay! has an exclamation mark built in and goes with things like 'pub!'.

Jun 20 2006, 12:34 PM
EggoWillie
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EggoWillie

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Also, Yay is a slang term for Cocaine.

Jun 20 2006, 12:36 PM
MyAlias
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MyAlias

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The term is actually "Yayo" made popular in Oliver Stones (screenplay writer) Scarface.

Jun 20 2006, 1:29 PM
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zbeckabee
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zbeckabee
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The really, really, really OLD "yay" goes back to the beginning of time...

"I kin remember when I was 'yay' high."

Jun 20 2006, 1:45 PM
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