Affirmation Disrupted

“’Yaaaas’ and its fellow ‘yes’ variants are, at the most basic level, the unsurprising results of a long-standing linguistic shortcoming: The word ‘yes’ is an extremely dull way to express the varied sentiments of ‘yes.’ And the Internet, as it is wont to do, solved that problem by creating new ones. The disruption of ‘yes’ likely happened for the same reason that so many web-spurred language developments happen, which is that digital communication lacks the tonal nuances that spoken language does.”