Yeet (v.) - Yank, Yoink, Yeet!

Yeet (v.) - Yank, Yoink, Yeet!


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Definition

Yeet

Verb
To remove or throw something with great speed or intensity.

History & Etymology

I love new words, and I love the idea that language, real language, the words we use every day are the purest for of spontaneous order that we experience in our lives. Language cannot be enforced from the top down, and new words like yeet are a beautiful example of this anarchy of language.

The earliest recorded use of the word yeet in it’s current usage dates all the way back to the ye olde days of 2014 when Vine was still a thing, and this video was released.

The word was almost a throw away nonsense lyric used in the vine, but the action taken during the dance when the word is said is where the definition of the word came from. This action of throwing something to the ground behind you was the origin of the word yeet.

The use of this word is growing, but I’m still not sure if I’ve heard it used in person outside of the context of being asked what I thought about it. The first time I heard the word yeet was in a podcast by John McWhorter called Lexicon Valley, where his explanation for the word was primarily onomatopoeic. His interpretation of the words origin is pretty much correct, only lacking the detail of the first attestation. Since then I’ve heard it used primarily by YouTubers and content creators.

Sources

http://0-www.oed.com.catalog.multcolib.org/view/Entry/231517?redirectedFrom=yeet#eid

https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Yeet

https://www.dictionary.com/e/slang/yeet/

https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/yeet

https://slate.com/human-interest/lexicon-valley

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