Twenty-five years ago this week, the action movie Die Hard opened and Bruce Willis uttered that famous line. But where does the yippee-ki-yay part come from? If you're more interested in the origins of the second half of that saying, check out this article from Slate. Let's break it down. The yip part of yippee is old. It originated in the 15th century and meant "to cheep, as a young bird," according to the Oxford English Dictionary OED. The more well-known meaning , to emit a high-pitched bark, came about around , as per the OED, and gained the figurative meaning "to shout; to complain. Yip is imitative in origin but probably also influenced by the 16th century yelp , which has an even older meaning of "boasting, vainglorious speaking.
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The yip part of yippee is old. Yippee came about after yip. Now how about the phrase, yippee-ki-yay? Were you still wondering what caused this Cowboy moment? Like Liked by 1 person. Like Like. Thank you! It is amazing where phrases come from, we were dicussing tonight at dinner with friends phrases that we all thought were standard colloquialisms but each had a variation on the theme, similar but actually very different.
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Just another American who saw too many movies as a child? Another orphan of a bankrupt culture who thinks he's John Wayne? Marshal Dillon? In fact, many fans say that the dramatic, triumphant Yippee Ki-Yay from Die Hard 2 is the best of the entire series, although some disagree and prefer the original, subtler version. In the original script for the movie, the line was intended to be used during the aqueduct scene where McClane talks to Simon over the CB radios.