girl, and ask her “Yay or Nay?” She will either respond with a “Yay”, in which case you will proceed to hook up (make-out), or a “Nay”, where you will feel brutally defeated.
Adam: Nah brother, she’ll say no.
Micah: Brother, stop being a bitch and do it.
(Walking up to random girl)
Adam: Yay or Nay, we hook up right now.
Hot Girl: YAY
Rhyming Alternatives to Yay and Nay:
Gay! – Used when the object or the person asking the question is quite homosexual.
Bay! – Used when near a harbor.
Hay! – Used when you’re really in that “LAWL HORSES” mood. Gotta love horses.
K. – Used when you’re really not interested in the question.
Guy 2: YAY!
Guy 1: Ann Coulter, Yay or Nay!?
Guy 2: FUCK THAT BITCH. NAY!
Guy 1: Getting blown by babes ten times in the last four days, Yay or Nay?
Guy 2: Gay.
Guy 1: WHAT!?
Guy 2: Seriously, faggot, get out of my sight.
Using the spelling yay for yea is therefore an eggcorn. Here’s a discussion of it at the Eggcorn Database forum.
There were no examples of yay being used for yea at the Corpus of Contemporary American English, so it doesn’t seem to be an emerging usage that is getting into the kinds of edited texts used to populate that corpus. On the other hand, there are plenty of Google results, including some on major, presumably professionally-edited sites, like ABC News and New York Magazine. Interestingly, a large portion of the top Google results were related to fashion.
How embarrassing for them: anyone who knows that there are two spellings for the two words would instantly identify yay for yea as an error.
Even the normally quite liberal and descriptivist Merriam-Webster dictionary has no entry at all for Ã¢ÂÂyayÃ¢ÂÂ. Only Collins English Dictionary has an entry for yay, and itÃ¢ÂÂs only for the exclamatory sense.
So, yes, it does appear that this substitution is an emerging usage, but no authorities at all countenance it just yet, and given that there is an unimpeachable substitute, I donÃ¢ÂÂt recommend that anyone use it.