Word in the Wild: When Prapti tried using pliers to yank the gum from Jim’s hair, he yelled.
Okay, so I’m making a bit of an exception this time in our list of old and dusty words because I like J. Jenkins’s definition of yell so much. Although this word is old, hailing from as least as far back as the Old English yellen, it is also very current and un-dusty, having stood the test of time. I guess we still “make hideous, screaming noises” too often for this word to fall out of use!
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