Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Y is for Yex

Here I am on this penultimate day of the A to Z Challenge with another vocabulary word for you.

Today's word is: YEX

Yex is an old word that means "to hiccough."  In the course of researching this word, I came across this line:

"He yexeth and he speaketh through the nose." -Chaucer

Chaucer died in the year 1400, so that was a while ago.  It's not a word you hear often, that's for sure, but it's a fun one.

Reasons to know this word:
-You can now quote Chaucer, which makes you cultured.  I promise.
-The word "yex" oddly enough sounds a bit like someone sneezing.  That's mildly amusing.
-It rhymes with other fun three-letter words.  The potential for dirty limericks is there.


  1. Are you serious? Yex? Well, once again I've learned a new word.

  2. This is a word I'd use for one of my flash fiction.

    ~Patricia Lynne aka Patricia Josephine~
    Member of C. Lee's Muffin Commando Squad
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    Patricia Lynne, Indie Author