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Defining “Yeah”, “Yah”, “Ya”, “Yay” and “Yea” Separately?

Meaning of “Yeah”, “Yah”, “Ya”, “Yay” and “Yea”

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“Yeah”, “yah”, “ya”, “yay” and “yea” are five words that can be found in the English vocabulary and are terms that are great source of confusion even up to this day.


• This term has the oldest origin dating over than a thousand years ago among the other four words and there’s a great possibility that it’s the root word of those same words.
• It came from the word "gea" (Old English)
• It is used to affirm something which is similar to the usage of the word “yeah”.
• It rhymes with "may" for it is pronounced like the word "yay".
• It has similar meaning with the words or phrases such as “yes”, "not just this, but also this," and "indeed”.
• It is the antonym of "nay."


• There’s a great possibility that "yea" is the root word of this term. It only has its current spelling maybe because of the speaker’s extreme excitement.
• It implies the joy of the speaker and it is usually found in between sentences.
• It shows affirmation as well.
• It can also refer to an object’s physical characteristic such as its height.
• It rhymes with "hay" for it is pronounced like the word "yea".


• This word is often used in chat conversations and SMS for it acts like an abbreviated version of "yeah".
• It has a similar meaning with the words “you” and "yea".
• It rhymes with "duh" for it is pronounced like the word "yuh".

“Yah” and “Yeah”

• “Yah” serves as the “yeah” of today because of its shorter form.
• It is often types in cellular phones and computers.
• It was formerly used to insult someone.
• Now, it shows the speaker’s agreement to a particular subject.
• It has the same pronunciation with the word “yeah” but it can also be read as "yaw."

• "Yeah" was formulated during the early 2000’s in the United States.
• It either came from the word “yea” or yes".
• It is more famous than the expressions mentioned above.
• It implies affirmation too.
• It’s an adverb.

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