Vest-Pocket Vocabulary

Yex, v. to have the hiccough.

Word in the Wild: I just can’t seem to console little Lily. I’ve fed her and changed her, but she just keeps wailing and yexing. Poor girl.

You probably won’t be surprised to learn that yex is onomatopoeic: yex…yex…yexyex! But be careful when you’re bandying this obsolete word around—according to the OED it has also meant to sob, to belch and to expectorate.

And, admit it, now that you’ve seen some of these fantastic high-scoring Vest-Pocket words, I know you want to start pulling out the Vest-Pocket Dictionary for your Scrabble games.

You can find a complete listing of the Word Blog’s Vest-Pocket Vocabulary entries and learn more about where they come from here.

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