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    yak vs throw up

    1. He dragged a cigarette and threw up.
    2. He dragged a cigarette and yaked.

    3. I still feel like my headís a bowling ball, but I donít think Iím gonna throw up on my shoes anymore.
    4. I still feel like my headís a bowling ball, but I donít think Iím gonna yak on my shoes anymore.

    Are the sentences above correct and natural? Do they have the same meaning? Can I use "yak" and "throw up" interchangeably?

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    Re: yak vs throw up

    1. He took a drag on a cigarette and threw up.

    2. Unsalvagable. Yak does not mean vomit. It is slang for "chat", and the past is yakked.

    3. "I feel like my head is a bowling ball" is not used in English. The rest of it is fine.

    4. See 2 and 3.

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    Re: yak vs throw up

    I think aside from sex and being drunk, we have more slang words for "vomit" than almost any other.
    I've certainly heard "yak" (or maybe "yack" - I've never seen it in writing) to mean vomit.

    It smelled so back I almost yakked right there, but I tried to breathe through my mouth and held it together until I could get outside.
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    Re: yak vs throw up

    Quote Originally Posted by probus View Post
    1. He took a drag on a cigarette and threw up.
    So, is "He dragged a cigarette and threw up." wrong? I found the sentence in an online dictionary https://www.diki.pl/slownik-angielskiego?q=drag
    -> 8.


    Quote Originally Posted by probus View Post

    3. "I feel like my head is a bowling ball" is not used in English. The rest of it is fine.
    So, what is Aria saying? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HkqlzW0uey4 -> 0:28 sec

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    Re: yak vs throw up

    1. 'He dragged a cigarette...' is wrong, 'on' is necessary after 'dragged'.
    3. She is saying 'I feel like my head is a bowling ball'. I have never heard that before. I imagine the scriptwriter invented it.
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    Re: yak vs throw up

    So I can say "He dragged on a cigarette" or "He took a drag on a cigarette". The both sentences are correct?

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    Re: yak vs throw up

    Quote Originally Posted by kompstar View Post
    So I can say "He dragged on a cigarette" or "He took a drag on a cigarette". Are The both sentences are correct?
    Yes.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #8

    Re: yak vs throw up

    I agree with Barb 'yak' is a very common slang for the verb 'vomit', at least in AmE.

    I think I have heard it used as a noun, but it's much more commonly used as a verb.

    I can't really think of any situation where 'yak' and 'throw up' aren't interchangeable.
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    Re: yak vs throw up

    They're not interchangeable to most BE speakers.

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