Yay vs. Nay

This time, let's learn about these two words. Do you think they are antonyms? Well, if you wanna expand your knowledge, join me.

"Yay" vs. "Nay" in English

What Is Their Main Difference?

Both are exclamations. However, 'yay' indicates excitement for what is going to happen, whereas, 'nay' is a negative exclamation that shows disagreement.

Differences

'Yay' is a positive exclamation that shows excitement for what is about to happen, while, 'nay' shows disagreement and is negative. Look at the examples below:

Yay! We're going to London.

They all yelled: 'Nay'.

Similarities

These two are both exclamations. Look below:

'Yay! We're going on a trip together.'

'Nay! I will not go to bed now.'

Are They Interchangeable?

Since they are antonyms, they cannot be used interchangeably. Compare:

✓ When the administrator announced that the professor won't come, the students all screamed: 'Yay!'

X When the administrator announced that the professor won't come, the students all screamed: 'Nay!'

As you can see, this one is wrong.

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