One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Used to express pain or shock.
- ‘And yow, it hurts now the anaesthetic is wearing off.’
Late Middle English: imitative. The word was not recorded again until the early 19th century, when it was used to express the cry of a dog or cat. Compare with yeow.
- ‘yow did that on purpose!’non-standard spelling of you, used to represent speech in various dialects
- ‘Personally I think you should wear gems to keep the more powerful areas of yow chart strong, rather than to accentuate your weak points.’
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