2006 word of the year

On Jan 18, 2006, at 9:54 AM, Thomas Oliverio wrote:


I am contacting you to let you know that I have coined the term ‘Yola’, to be considered for 2006 Word of the Year. ‘Yola’ is a greeting, combining the Spanish ‘hola’ and the slang term ‘yo’. Hence, ‘yola’.

I have a Master’s Degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from Murray State University; Being recognized for a word I’ve created has always been a goal of mine, as I have several others including:

Poopy Tuesday- any day of the week in which really sucks (bad weather, traffic, etc). Ex: ‘It’s a Poopy Tuesday on a Friday afternoon’.

Pooner- A person who is being difficult; unsavory; Ex: ‘Stop being such a Pooner Jimmy’.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Thomas Oliverio

Marketing Director, WWL Technology Solutions
155 Main Street
Paducah, Kentucky 42001
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Unfortunately, Mr. Oliverio wasn't the first to think up yola.  From the Urban Dictionary (www.urbandictionary.com):

1. yola
231 up, 15 down

Yola is another slang term for Cocaine.
mostly used in Norcal and the central valley. Plural = Yols

Me and my boys got some yola last night,
and were all twacked out.

by Stinky cast Sep 4, 2003

2. yola

6 up, 36 down

a rickety boat that migrants sail on to get to the U.S. or its territories.

Damn homie there's like 100 haitians floatin up on that yola!

tags boat pos maybe a truck that floats opposite of a cruise ship obscene
by laura-brooke puerto rico Aug 17, 2006 email it

3. Yola

14 up, 69 down

A greeting. Mixture of Yo and Hola. Used mostly by people in the eastern region of the US.

"Yola, what up, son?"

tags yola hola yo whatup aye
by Point Blank New York City Mar 18, 2006 email it

4. yola

12 up, 71 down

a greeting simalar to hello

yola my friend

by zorflax Nov 11, 2003 email it

5. Yola

14 up, 74 down

Godly word combing "Yo" and "Hola". A good word to use if you can't decide how to greet somebody.

Yola! How ya doin, chief?

by Skatastic Jay Apr 3, 2005 email it

8. yola

8 up, 71 down

a corruption of the english word 'yo' and the spanish word 'hola'

as i was walkin down the street, i yelled to this spanish-american dude "Yola man...moo"

by buffaleep Feb 3, 2004

and yola has other meanings too:

from the London Daily Mail
September 15, 2006 Friday

QUESTION What was Yola?

YOLA was Co. Wexford's very own language, in use for centuries, but which never spread outside the south- east county. It became extinct in the late 19th century.

The story of Yola began when Anglo-Norman knights arrived from Wales in 1169. They were soldiers of the Earl of Pembroke known as Strongbow and came here at the invitation of Dermot McMurrough, the Irish king of Leinster.

Anglo-Norman settlers soon became more Irish than the Irish themselves and started devising their own language. The word Yola was their word for 'old'.

Out of the ten baronies in Co. Wexford, Yola was really strong in two, the baronies of Forth and Bargy.

However, although it never spread beyond Wexford, a version of it was once commonly used in Dublin.

The last bastion of Yola was in Carnsore and the last native speaker of it there was Martin Parle. But even today, among older people living in the Kilmore Quay, Lady's Island and Rosslare areas, some words of Yola are still used.

The closest similarities with Yola are to be found with the Dorset dialect in southern England.

You may also hear some words of Yola at the Yola Farmstead Folk Park, which is on the main N25 road between Wexford town and Rosslare.

Mrs Rosaleen O'Brien, Co. Wexford.