*this is me channeling james thurber and his irritation towards the spreading “you know” virus in conversations, circa 1955
My latest peeve: when people take for granted the difference in usage between two colloquial terms: “yey” and “yay”.
“yey” is shortcut for yehey. it’s usually blurted out when one’s giddy-happy.
“yay” is a negative reaction, maybe stemming from the term “Yikes”.
i’ve seen this confusion countless times, and I can only rant about it here.
and don’t get me started with “rant” and “rave”.