Yee-ha(w) / "Rebel yell"

Charles Doyle cdoyle at UGA.EDU
Tue Dec 5 15:14:54 UTC 2006

Maybe the Arkansawyer was hearing the elongated final syllable of the Razorback yell?


---- Original message ----
>Date: Mon, 4 Dec 2006 15:22:29 -0800
>From: Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at YAHOO.COM>
>Subject: Re: Yee-ha(w) / "Rebel yell"

>  A friend from SW Arkansas more or less scoffs at the idea that "Yee-ha(w)" is Southern or very old.  He thinks of it as "more Western," though isn't sure why.  He recalls grown men screaming something like "EEEEEEEEHEEEEEEEEE !" while watching football on TV in the early '60s, but that's the best he can do.
>  JL

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