“YEAT!”


YEAT

YEAT Photo by P.J.Nichypor

“YEAT!”

What a beautiful word in the Newburyport Dictionary. Coming from anyone else except a fellow Newburyporter, it may be taken by some as an insult.  It may mean in some instances a disapproval of something, or if said/pronounced differently an approval or “YA.”  The word first came to being in Newburyport around the 2nd World War.  A soldier in the armed forces overseas  could identify a Newburyport resident by the use of the word.

YEAT SHIRT

YEAT SHIRT

Examples

Shawn: Hey Chris, YEAT!

Chris: YEEEEAAAT!

Translated = a mutual greeting.

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Shawn: Hey Chris how’s it going?

Chris: YEAT!

Translated = OK

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Shawn: Hey Chris want to help me move this couch?

Chris: YEAT!

Translated = NO

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YEAT Defined

Is this definition correct for yeat and has the meaning and usage of the word changed over the years following 1940 to 1990?

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10 Responses to ““YEAT!””

  1. p. j. nichypor on November 21st, 2009 at 12:24 pm

    I recall hearing it prefaced with the word “Hey”… As in “Hey YEEEEAAAAT”.

  2. p. j. nichypor on November 23rd, 2009 at 9:12 am

    A few years ago, James Van”B” had a clever idea for the use of the word. He applied YEAT as an abreviation for a grass roots pro native Newburyporter association. Yankees Enraged Against Tourists or Y.E.A.T. Thus the bumber sticker on my Chevy.

  3. J. Frost on November 26th, 2009 at 12:21 pm

    Or as in , “Yeat the bun”

  4. se on January 25th, 2010 at 10:39 pm

    i remember “yeat tha bun”

    what about heya bubba? is that local? – it seems to me that it is.

  5. Chris Becker on May 25th, 2010 at 2:26 am

    What is ‘the bun’ supposed to mean tho?

  6. Rollie on September 12th, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    If you go to classmates.com and go into the Newburyport High section, you will see a thread that has gone on for years now entitled – YEAT.

  7. Matty B on May 1st, 2013 at 11:15 pm

    yeat at least this later version came about in this way – = the “kid” (age 48) who is born/raised nbpt still lives in the area ordered bumper stickers on line in early 2K. He distributed these stickers to fellow friends – the inside joke is “yeah, eat me”. Meant to be funny, yet derogatory. That said, to address another post, this “kid” us definitely a bubba. For nbpt residents in 60-80′s; the term bubba, bubba in overalls, in boots meant a lesser being if you were a floods bubba you were poor and wore pants which were too short. Bubba much like some use the term “Okie” as to say you are from a slow/backwards place like Oklahoma. Not my personal opinions, simply what all the elder kids taught me Southside Nbpt

  8. Karon on August 16th, 2013 at 10:52 pm

    Matty has it right on the ‘Bubba’ aspect…I grew up a ‘Southie Bubba’ in the 1970-80s. When I hear that word now…it only brings a smile to my face. I live in the southwest now and just recently came back for Yankee Homecoming and overheard someone yell “Yeat” while watching the muster…only in Newburyport my friends…only in Newburyport.

  9. pnichypor on July 9th, 2014 at 10:40 am

    I have driven through all the old neighborhoods in the “Yankee City” on numerous occasions calling out “YEAT”… No replies, no recognition. “New-berry-port” as it is now too often referred to, is now a “Hollywood” set, a replica of a once “real” city. wine and cheese, useless cruft, and an absence of familiar old names and faces. YEAT…

  10. MARK EALY on July 13th, 2014 at 11:45 pm

    yeattttt man iam happy to see that any old timers still there i was telling my kids about yanke home coming does this still happen

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