yay, yea

The words yay, yea sound the same but have different meanings and spellings. Why do yay, yea sound the same even though they are completely different words?

The answer is simple: yay, yea are homophones of the English language.

yay
  1. :: noun

    a branch of the Tai languages

  2. :: adverb

    <xref>so</xref>, <xref>this</xref> (accompanied by a hand gesture)

  3. :: interjection

    An expression of happiness.

  4. :: interjection

    Alternative form of <xref>yea</xref> (yes).

yea
  1. :: adverb

    not only so, but

  2. :: noun

    an affirmative

  3. :: noun

    An <xref>affirmative</xref> <xref>vote</xref>, usually but not always spoken

  4. :: interjection

    Common misspelling of <xref>yeah</xref>.

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About Homophones

Homophones (literally "same sound") are usually defined as words that share the same pronunciation, regardless of how they are spelled.

If they are spelled the same then they are also homographs (and homonyms); if they are spelled differently then they are also heterographs (literally "different writing").