Note: Yackety-yak is from the A – Z Blogging Challenge
Upon scouring the dictionary for possible Y-word topics, I found an interesting pattern. Quite a few words dealt with the topic of talking:
Yak – to talk persistently and meaninglessly.
Yammer – to complain whimperingly or loudly.
Yap – to talk noisily or stupidly.
Yawp – to talk loudly, raucously, or coarsely.
The Aussies add another to the list: yabber – to talk rapidly, unintelligibly, or idly (our “jabber”).
Basically, you don’t want a Y word attached to the way you talk. And as if that isn’t enough, there are more words to describe the way we express ourselves:
Yell – to utter with a loud cry.
Yelp – to utter a short, sharp bark or cry. (Might only be used for critters, but the dictionary didn’t distinguish.)
Yowl – to say or utter with a long, loud, mournful cry.
Yes – used to express affirmation.
Yep – informal yes.
Yoo-hoo – used to call someone at a distance or gain someone’s attention.
Then there is you-all or, more commonly, y’all. While it doesn’t necessarily fit perfectly in this discussion, I love the uniqueness of this pronoun, particularly when traveling in the South. In Missouri, that’s below the Missouri River. I reside above it, so I don’t often hear the term in my neck of the woods. But I love it just the same.
So, today, I add my contribution to the Y discussion taking place in the blogosphere on this the second last day of the A-Z Blogging Challenge:
Yakety-yak – prolonged, sometimes senseless talk.
No yammering, please!