The Shapiro Files

Friday, October 30, 2009

Spelling Pet Peeve of the Day

The culprit: Spelling an exclamation of glee as "Yeah!" when it should be spelled as "Yay!"

I understand why people frequently make this mistake since the word "yay" just sort of looks wrong. But it's not. Really.

Just keep in mind that the word "Yeah" is an informal form of "Yes"--you know, as in the Beatles song "She loves you, yeah yeah yeah!"

"Yay," on the other hand, is a variant of "hooray" and shares the same vowel sound as the second syllable of that word. So when you want to express this exclamation in writing, think "Hooray!" and you'll remember it's spelled "Yay!"

By the way, I'm glad to know that this isn't just my pet peeve. Random House has got my back.


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