One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Expressing aversion or disgust.
- ‘Reviewing my list of ickisms - yuck, yecch, bleah, ew and ick - the linguist observes, ‘Negative words having to do with disgust seem to be embodied in the experience of expelling unwanted, possibly poisonous, materials from the mouth.’’
- ‘If you're a man, it's track and field and swimming, but gymnastics is kind of a ‘yecch’ as far as the male of the species is concerned.’
- ‘I worked a day job back then and had to go in the evening, yech!’
- ‘but that just doesn't carry enough entertainment value to warrant the parade of yech that followed.’
- ‘Shutup woman before another one comes along, yech!’
- ‘If one can call some of this stuff music… yech… Who in their right mind calls themselves ‘Korn’?’
1960s: imitative; compare with yuck.
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