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Posted by Word Camel on January 19, 2003

I was interested to learn that "yikes" is actually a word. It is listed in the American Heritage Dictionary in any case. It says the origin is unknown, but I thought it would be worth posting to see if anyone else has any information about it, how old it is, etc.

It's probably also one of those words that is always plural. I can't imagine there is such a thing as a "yike".