Confusing Words Clarified: Group Y; Homonyms, Homophones, Homographs, Synonyms, Polysemes, etc. +
(lists of "Y" sections that are organized into what for some people are confusing groups of words)
If you have any problems understanding the pronunciation symbols, go to this Pronunciation Chart for clarifications.
"Later, he said, Did y'all have enough to eat?"
"The term, y'all is used primarily in speech in the Southern states of the U.S. to address two or more people."
"Actually, she might have said, How are y'all doing? which is really the same thing."
"The ship's rudder is used to control yaw."
The captain of the ship warned his passengers that there could be a strong yaw when the big waves hit the side of the passenger vessel.
In fact, since Jeb was from Mississippi, he said, "Y'all had better be ready for the big yaw that is about to happen to you-all."
Right after the warning, the ship yawed to the right knocking a lot of people on to the floor just as the sailors hoisted the sail on their yawl.
"We noticed that many of the people on the subway train would yak and yammer away on their cell phones for a long time."
Derrick and his family stood on the hillside to yak while they watched a herd of yak cross the plains below where they were standing.
2. To quickly or to suddenly remove something or someone: "The TV station decided to yank the program from tonight's schedule."
"Even though Donald was a Yank from the North and Emma was from the South, she loved him very much."
Jerome, the Yank, stood on the deck of the ship and with one fast yank, he was able to yank the flag up the pole so everyone was able to see it.
If Leo measures his back yard by the yard, he will discover that his yard is very small; that is, just three yard(s) by six yard(s).
I yearn to tell you the yarn about the truck driver who was knitting a sweater using multi-colored yarn while he was driving.
Here's the story: To pass the time while he was driving, a long distance truck driver was speeding along the highway knitting a sweater. He apparently was controlling the steering wheel with his knees and not really paying attention to his driving.
A police officer who observed such driving behavior, drove along the side shouting on his speaker, "Pull over! Pull over!"
The truck driver leaned out the window and yelled, "No officer, it's not a pull over, it's a cardigan."
While Bill's mother was sitting under the awning, she found herself in a yawning condition because the chair was so comfortable and the day was pleasantly warm.
2. Containing news that is meant to shock people and which is not true or is only partly true: "Everyone should beware of yellow journalism."
The bright yellow banner on the front page of the newspaper was distinctive, letting the buyer know that it was full of yellow journalism; however, Greg, you shouldn't be yellow, go ahead and buy a copy anyway.
Audrey could hear the yelp of the puppy that would often yelp when it was excited.
When the teacher lived in Japan, every time she had enough yen in her purse, she would suddenly develop a yen for a special soup that was available at the local restaurant; after which, she would yen to go back to her hotel and get ready for bed.
"A rubber yoke held the two wires together."2. Pair, team, brace, couple: "It takes a yoke of oxen to pull that wagon."
3. Bondage, slavery, enslavement, servitude; serfdom, vassalage: "Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation freed the slaves from their yoke of bondage."
2. Object of ridicule, a laughing-stock; fool, buffoon, clown, village idiot, bumpkin: "Melvin was the joke of the town because of his silly hair style."
Bertha, use caution with yoke and yolk or the joke will be on you!
"A travel writer once wrote about being in Mexico, where 'we saw people carrying baskets on yolks across their shoulders.' The writer 'took pictures of the yolked and harnessed figures.' "
"Another writer told of a gentleman who knows when his body needs fuel: He eats 'potatoes, pasta, salad, eggs (without the yokes) and pancakes.' "
"Well, folks, oxen have yokes and eggs have yolks, and anyone who carries baskets on yolks is going to have a messy shirt" . . . and that's no joke!
It is not a joke; the yolk of an egg is a very good medium for mixing colors for painting. His friend, who was a painter, used this medium to paint a mural depicting the yoke of bondage of miners who lived in an impoverished country.
You'll certainly want to haul in a Yule log to burn over the Christmas holidays.
Quick, you must come and see this: a ewe is standing over there under yew tree.
The message said, "You're invited to the local pageant which tells the tales of yore in a dramatic fashion. So, be sure to bring your friend."