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Yea or Yeah or Yay?

Is it “Yea” or “Yeah?”  Well, “Yea” is a very old-fashioned traditional way of saying “yes,” used primarily in voting. It’s the opposite of—and rhymes with—“nay.” If you want to write the standard casual version of “yes,” the proper spelling is “yeah” (sounds like “yeh” ). When the third-grade teacher announced a class trip to the aquarium, we all yelled, “yay!” (the opposite of “boo”!). That was back when I was just yay big.

Here are some more examples to help you decide if its Yea or Yeah or Yay:

When the law was put to a vote, the majority voted “Yea.” 

Daniel said, “Yeah well – I just don’t believe it.”

The Kool-Aid Man shouted his trademark, “Oh yeah!” as he burst through the wall.

After hearing the news about Disneyland, the kids shouted “yay!”

Related: Hear Hear or Here Here? 

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By Connie Fisher

Connie Fisher is a freelance writer and editor specialising in business writing and marketing. She holds a bachelor's degree in media and journalist and has contributed to a slew of printed and online media including Contra Costa Times, Daily American, the The Tri-Town News, and many more.

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