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Y Vocabulary Words Quiz #1

Guess these vocabulary words that start with the letter Y.
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First submittedDecember 21, 2012
Last updatedSeptember 14, 2018
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Definition
Word
The Japanese currency
Yen
Indian stretching discipline
Yoga
Abominable snowman
Yeti
Pleasure boat
Yacht
Long-haired bovine of the Himalayas
Yak
The masculine principle in
Eastern religion; opposite of yin
Yang
Jewish skullcap
Yarmulke
Semi-permanent tent-like dwelling
of the Asian steppes
Yurt
Feudal rank below that of squire
Yeoman
Germanic pagan festival that was
replaced by Christmas
Yule
Definition
Word
To give way
Yield
It's what makes bread rise
Yeast
To long for
Yearn
Young urban professional
Yuppie
An animal between 1 and 2 years old
Yearling
Wooden frame that joins two oxen
Yoke
Method of singing with rapidly fluctuating
pitch, notably practiced in the Alps
Yodeling
Rotation of a vehicle around its vertical axis;
Counterpart of pitch and roll
Yaw
A tall tale
Yarn
Highest rank in sumo wrestling
Yokozuna
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level 52
Feb 6, 2013
Shoot, I spelled "yuppie" as "yuppee".
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level ∞
Dec 11, 2017
That will work now
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level 71
Apr 15, 2014
I've mentioned this on other quizzes, but yoga is not a stretching discipline.
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level 71
Dec 15, 2017
Well, feel free to spread your snark to me then, because I agree with kitshef that this needs to be pointed out and corrected. Quizmaster makes a huge effort to make these things tight and accurately specific, but most people in the West only know one very small manifestation of yoga. Saying that yoga is a stretching discipline is like equating "sports" to "skiing".
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level 42
Nov 18, 2018
Yah, it involves many more things like deep breathing, calming of the mind, and is even a way to perform spiritual acts in some religions.
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level 66
Feb 19, 2015
Ahh I forgot the "ko" in Yokozuna...
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level 55
Jun 9, 2015
This isn't a correction, just a fun fact. The yen used in the quiz's "profile picture" is of a very strange denomination. The Japanese haven't used the 300 or 500 (can't really read the font) note since I don't know when. The smallest paper bill used in Japan is the 1,000 yen note.
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level 76
Jun 9, 2015
Which is dumb, because 1,000 Yen is a lot of money and you end up walking around with huge stashes of coins clanking around in your pockets. Awful.
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level 35
Jun 9, 2015
really!? You are obviously poor at using your change then.
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level 76
Jun 9, 2015
You can be an expert and still having the lowest paper money denomination be worth $10 is absurd. American money where the lowest is $1 is okay for developed countries. In most places the Saudi system is better: lowest denomination is worth about 26 cents. That's perfect. Anything smaller and people tend to round off, eliminating the need for useless, heavy coins altogether.

At the opposite end of the spectrum is South Korea, where the *largest* paper denomination is 10,000 Won, or about 10 bucks, meaning that if you go to the ATM and take out a reasonable amount of money you walk away with a giant stack of cash that does not fit in your wallet.
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level 55
Jun 11, 2015
it's been a few years since South Korea got a 50 000 won bill.
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level 81
Jun 25, 2015
Useless heavy coins are more durable than paper money however. Which is why they use them for the lower denominations that are passed from hand to hand much more often than say $50 bills. So it costs quite a lot to keep supplying paper money of small denominations as the bills wear down quick and need to be replaced sooner than coins. The smallest euro bill is 5 euros and although the Italians whined they wanted 1 and 2 euro bills, I think 5 is fine. Also: Finland is the only euro land who decided not to use 1 and 2 cent coins. We round up or down to the nearest .05. That's eliminating some of the silly change!
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level 76
Aug 27, 2017
Nah. Ideally they should eliminate coins altogether. It doesn't cost that much to print paper money. But if they are going to insist on using them then, like I said, $1 denominations in the USA and 26 cent denominations in Saudi Arabia are okay... you will never have more than a few quarters or 50 halala pieces in your pocket at a time and that's acceptable. Given that most Eurozone countries are very expensive, 5 euros is acceptable there, as well. Never more than 3-4 1 and 2 euro coins in your pocket at a time. Only problem is in places like Kosovo which use the Euro but are very cheap... then your pockets start to get too heavy.

Bulky/heavy pockets are one of my biggest pet peeves in life. Drives me nuts.
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level 74
Dec 11, 2017
New plastic notes are an upgrade
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level 60
Nov 18, 2018
In New Zealand we got rid of 1c, 2c and 5c coins quite a few years ago, thank goodness! I couldn't believe it when I visited USA and got so many coins change!
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level 77
Nov 23, 2018
in general they are always happy to take extra coins when you pay and give you whole notes as change or possibly a 500yen piece, this means you may have a few 1yen coins which weigh nothing, a couple of 10yens, a 50yen and maybe a hundred yen coin at any one time. hardly a burden. in case it is too bad, you can just stick spending money on your railcard and tap it basically anywhere. rom016 is on the money here.
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level 72
Feb 1, 2018
The photo says 300 Yen. 1,000 yen is currently about GB£ 6.50 which doesn't seem unreasonable for the smallest denomination to me
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level 60
Jun 9, 2015
For "pleasure boat" I kept thinking of something like a banana boat.
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level 68
Jun 9, 2015
And all along I thought it was spelled "definition."
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level ∞
Dec 11, 2017
You are the first to notice. Fixed!
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level 76
Jun 9, 2015
Dang it! I knew "Yokozuna" I just couldn't spell it correctly!
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level 28
Jun 9, 2015
I'll be honest, I only knew yurt because of Age of Empires
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level 35
Mar 5, 2017
Same
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level 24
Sep 19, 2015
I wrote yolk instead of yoke, when feasting on my morning boiled egg. You could say I was a little distracted....
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level 71
Nov 15, 2015
Only a vague memory of sumo, so tried yokozuma to yokazuki and all variations between, but never tried replaqcing m with n. Grrr!
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level 75
Jan 10, 2016
Yoga is not a Hindu practice. At the very least, it originated in both Hindu and Buddhist traditions, and has ties to Jainism etc. You may as well have "stretching discipline" -- people will still get it and your clue won't be wrong.
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level 71
Jul 10, 2016
I don't know about its context in Jainism, but the forms of yoga popularly practiced are definitely not Buddhist, as there is emphasis on self, soul, God – none of which Buddhism acknowledge. But since the origins of Yoga are actually pre-Vedic, perhaps more people here would be happy if the clue was changed to "Indian" from "Hindu"?
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level ∞
Dec 11, 2017
Changed the clue.
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level 71
Dec 15, 2017
Eek, now I've really done it! See my earlier comment, higher up; yoga is most definitely not only – or even primarily – a "stretching discipline".
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level 71
Dec 15, 2017
And while I'm being Ms. Complain-o-Rama ;-) — yin & yang are Chinese. Sure, all Eastern religions have the general concept of masculine and feminine energies or principles, but the words and characteristics of yin and yang are specific to China's philosophies/religions.
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level 70
Oct 4, 2016
I thought sure that Yippee, Yappee and Yahooey would make an appearance on this quiz. (animated, canine version of the Three Musketeers from the 1960s)
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level 75
Mar 29, 2017
OMG, I tried so many spellings of "yokozuna". Unfortunately, they use an M instead of an N.
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level 81
Dec 11, 2017
Here I thought I was doing so well and the quiz was easy. Then I hit the 3 last ones.
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level 73
Dec 15, 2017
I always seem to miss just ONE of the answers in the vocab by letter quizzes. The last 4 I have taken I have missed exactly one answer. Dang it!
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level 57
Feb 27, 2018
How can a majority of quizzers not come up with "yearling" yet know the names of obscure things like Asian tents and ox equipment?
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level 78
Mar 5, 2018
"yearling" is probably a tough get for people who didn't grow up on a farm or spend time in some other situation where they deal a lot with young animals. The term makes sense as soon as you see it, but if you've never heard it before you're not going to come up with it. In contrast, "yoke" is probably better known because of the strong metaphorical association between oxen and bearing burdens, so even if you've never seen an ox in your life you might still be familiar with the word. And "yurt" . . . sounds funny? That's the main reason I remember it.
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level 75
Nov 19, 2018
I've always lived on a farm but we don't often use the term yearling since we don't market a lot of animals. We just call them calves, lambs, heifers, shoats, gilts, etc. until they become adults. I know the term from the Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings book and movie.
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level 65
Nov 19, 2018
I tried youngling and when that didn't work I just blanked out. When I saw the answer I kicked myself.
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level 55
Nov 18, 2018
So disappointed that yeet isn't there...
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level 55
Nov 18, 2018
I'm sailing along nicely until I hit the sumo question. Still, 19/20 ain't bad.
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