Flavorwire: The Year in Rap Neologisms

Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Tue Dec 7 21:40:41 UTC 2010

On Tue, Dec 7, 2010 at 4:11 PM, Wilson Gray wrote:
> On Tue, Dec 7, 2010 at 11:11 AM, Ben Zimmer wrote:
> >
> > Most of these were new to me.
> >
> > http://flavorwire.com/133481/the-year-in-rap-neologisms
> _Yak_, with the meaning of _'yac_ "cognac," is in the UD from 2003.
> IME, it's earlier than that. But, of course, a memory isn't citable.
> :-(

Yeah, that one's not terribly new. "Yak" was identified as West Coast slang in
this alt.rap thread from April 1996:


And it was included in the online Rap Dictionary in 2001:

(n) This is actually the phonetical version of "gnac", as in "cognac". "Dre and
snoop chronic'd out in the 'llac (caddilac), with Doc in the back sippin'
on 'gnac" - Dr. Dre (The Next Episode)


Ben Zimmer

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