correct answer: BOTH
I have often been in a situation where, for example, you are in a dungeon and say something like ''Hey, Xxlolmagexx, kite the adds please'' and the mage answers ''y''. Then you have to ponder if he means ''yeah, okay'' OR ''why?''. It could be either one of them. It's annoying.
Anyway, I think y = why, and yh = yes/yeah. That's how I see most people using them.
But the real question is this: why can't people just type ''yes'' or ''why''? Is it really that hard?
I'd like to point out the thread was made to discuss which you interpret "y" to mean, yes or why, not a thread made to condescend to people or a thread made to discuss if someone choosing to use informal language is an idiot or not. Most people do know how to use English correctly but it's a choice, when they are playing online they aren't trying to write an essay or apply for a job. They are just hanging out with friends in an informal setting.
If somebody I know talks to me in "Text speak", even on a text message, I cut them out of my life completely. So to answer the great debate; Y = Goodbye, I'm never speaking to you again.
Guys you are all off the tracks. Y = why. Why? cause:
(plural y's) (also y) /waɪ/
Both are pronounced the same way. Same as U=you
noun ( LETTER ) /juː/ (plural U's or Us)
pronoun ( PERSON/PEOPLE ADDRESSED ) /juː/, /jə/, /jʊ/
This reminds me of a Simpsons episode when Homer discovered what does J mean in Homer J. Simpson.
Your typical LFD conversation:
[PL] : r?
[P1] : r
[P2] : y
Y for "yes".
Just because it's been like that for over a 30 years.
Using it to say "why" is plain dumb.
Well 1, 2, 3, take my hand and come with me
Because you look so fine
And I really wanna make you mine
I've grown up with y as why so whenever someone says 'y' i think they're asking 'why'
this game sucks
People like you make me want to slam my face into a desk, basing peoples typing/shortcuts and ASSUMING they are less intelligent.
Read my a sig. I don't have time to sit here and make sure everything is perfect in a post on a gaming website where clearly I'm trying to boast about my intelligence to people I will never meet or care about.
Now, if I was writing an essay, sure using things like "ur" "y" "omg" then I will agree with you.
But to sit here on a forum and correct people, is moronic. Go do something better then sit here and be a grammar cop.
On topic: Y = yes to me. Reason being I had a dos based computer back when I was young. Type "y" if yes when on the command prompt.
I think people use y = why now, because of cellphones/instant messengers.