I certainly would not consider myself the spelling expert but I often see “yeah” and “yay” misused frequently so I thought I’d have a little education session:
- Yeah – pronounced ye-uh as in yes
“Hey Jen, are you going to with us to the mall?”- girl a; “Yeah, I’ll go”- girl b
- Yay – rhymes with and is a synonym of hooray. It’s used in cases of excitement.
“Did I tell you I won an ipod?” – girl a; “No! Oh that is exciting. Yay!” – girl b
- Yah – is also an expression of agreement but there is no excitement.
“Hey are you ready to go” – girl a; “yah” – girl b
- Ya – means you
“How are ya?”
- Yea – is a very old-fashioned formal way of saying “yes,” used mainly in voting. It’s the opposite of—and rhymes with—“nay.”
“All in favor say yea, all opposed nay.”
- and if that wasn’t confusing enough “yay” can also refer to height, as in “when I was yay big” [holding hand up]
Did you catch all that?
If you need more edumacation (yes, that was a joke) on the subject I suggest Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing (Quick & Dirty Tips) she also has a Podcast.