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    Smile Hi I want to know the meaning of 'Yippie Kay yay'

    Hi. May I ask you a question? While I was watching moive 'DIE HARD' I was be able to hear the expression 'Yippie kay yay'. I really want to ask about the meaning of 'Yippie Kay Yay' and in what context it can be uesd. I'm studying to become an engish teacher in south korea. I'm south korean so I don't know much about an american culture. I'm learning the culture to help my english study. I will look forward to seeing your answers. Thank you.
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    Re: Hi I want to know the meaning of 'Yippie Kay yay'

    In my opinion, one of the best explanations for the 'Yippee-ki-yay' expression you heard in 'Die Hard' can be found at The greatest one-liner in movie history. - By Eric Lichtenfeld - Slate Magazine.

    Here is a brief excerpt from that site: When terrorist-slash-exceptional thief Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman) taunts hero John McClane (Bruce Willis), "Who are you? Just another American who saw too many movies as a child?" and asks this "Mr. Cowboy" if he really thinks he stands a chance, McClane's answer—"Yippee-ki-yay, (expletive deleted)"—marks the moment that McClane, an everyman, assumes the mantle of America's archetypal heroes: Roy Rogers, John Wayne, Gunsmoke's Marshall Dillon, and others who have been so vital to American boyhood. Unlike the many action-movie one-liners that are rooted in the hero's narcissism, McClane's stems from our collective wish-fulfillment. He is not referring to himself, not suggesting an "I" or a "me" but an us. And considering the European Gruber's appreciation of fashion, finance, and the classics, McClane's comeback acquires an additional subtext: Our pop culture can beat up your high culture.

    Basically, "Yippee ki-yay" is an old, American cowboy saying :"yippee" is a word used to express extreme joy, like "Whoopee!!" The Bruce Willis character uses the expression to summon the bravado that is symbolic of the legendary heroes of America's "Wild West" period.

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    Re: Hi I want to know the meaning of 'Yippie Kay yay'

    From cowboy films I have the impression that it (or something like it - 'Yippi-i-o ki-yay, git along lil dogies' is the way I remember it) was used to round up cattle.

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    PS If MrsK hasn't thrown out her Allan Lomax book of folk songs, I may be able to substantiate this speculation.
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    Re: Hi I want to know the meaning of 'Yippie Kay yay'

    Yippee i oh ti-ay
    yippee-i-o-ki-ay
    Yippie yi yo kayah
    Yippie-yi-yo-ki-yay


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    Re: Hi I want to know the meaning of 'Yippie Kay yay'

    The words I remembered were 'Whoopee ti yi yo, git along little dogies' from Nickel Creek - Git Along Little Dogies Lyrics

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    Re: Hi I want to know the meaning of 'Yippie Kay yay'

    Found while surfing the Net: Actually, the song is called "I'm an Old Cowhand" and Bing Crosby sang it first in his 1936 film Rhythm on the Range.

    Bing was successful in just about every genre of song he sang, including country and western. Here Bing swings a cowboy tune written by Johnny Mercer for the Crosby film "Rhythm on the Range." It would be the first of many Mercer songs recorded by Bing. "I'm an Old Cowhand" was recorded July 17, 1936, with the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, and charted for 13 weeks, reaching as high as #2 on the pop charts.


    Now, just for fun, let's add some music to the lyrics: YouTube - Sons of the Pioneers - I'm an Old Cowhand

    Enjoy!
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    Re: Hi I want to know the meaning of 'Yippie Kay yay'

    Quote Originally Posted by fullupkorea View Post
    Hi. May I ask you a question? While I was watching moive 'DIE HARD' I was be able to hear the expression 'Yippie kay yay'. I really want to ask about the meaning of 'Yippie Kay Yay' and in what context it can be used. I'm studying to become an engish teacher in south korea. I'm south korean so I don't know much about an american culture. I'm learning the culture to help my english study. I will look forward to seeing your answers. Thank you.
    Using it at times other than when you're herding livestock or blowing up buildings ....

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    Re: Hi I want to know the meaning of 'Yippie Kay yay'

    Quote Originally Posted by Jay Louise View Post
    Using it at times other than when you're herding livestock or blowing up buildings ....
    If you are not herding livestock or blowing up buildings you probably won't be using (or hearing) 'Yippee-kay-yay' as common usage.
    Aside from those of us in the Senior Citizen Club who remember the heyday of cowboy movies,and the 'Die Hard' fans who recognize a classic one-liner from the Bruce Willis films, I would say that the expression is definitely not as popular as it was in the early 1940's!

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    Re: Hi I want to know the meaning of 'Yippie Kay yay'

    As you know if you've seen the movie or from the quote above, after the Yippie-kay-yei, he uses one of the rudest expletives in our language.

    In a kids' movie I watched recently, there were a bunch of appliances that were going to come to life and destroy the planet. As the hero (a guinea pig, I believe) jumped on the coffee maker to shut it down, he yelled "Yippie-kay-yei, coffee maker!" with the exact same cadence as Bruce Willis's full line.

    I laughed so hard at that, I cried, and I could NOT tell my kids why it was so funny.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Hi I want to know the meaning of 'Yippie Kay yay'

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    As you know if you've seen the movie or from the quote above, after the Yippie-kay-yei, he uses one of the rudest expletives in our language.

    In a kids' movie I watched recently, there were a bunch of appliances that were going to come to life and destroy the planet. As the hero (a guinea pig, I believe) jumped on the coffee maker to shut it down, he yelled "Yippie-kay-yei, coffee maker!" with the exact same cadence as Bruce Willis's full line.

    I laughed so hard at that, I cried, and I could NOT tell my kids why it was so funny.
    As if a guinea pig whomping a coffee-maker needs any explanation!!!

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