- Is Yep rude in a text?
- When did people say yep?
- Who created the word Yep?
- Whats the difference between YEP and yup?
You are correct that “yeah” and “yep” are informal variants of “yes.” In conversation among friends, any form is appropriate, but “yep” has a slightly dismissive tone.
Here’s the timeline: Yep, 1891 (first appeared as a quotation in Harper’s Magazine) Yeah, 1905 (first described in Dialect Notes) Yup, 1906 (first appeared as a quotation in Century Magazine)
Entries linking to yep yes (adv.) Old English gise, gese “so be it!,” probably from gea, ge “so” (see yea) + si “be it!,” from Proto-Germanic *sijai-, from PIE *si-, optative stem of root *es- “to be.” Originally stronger than simple. Used in Shakespeare mainly as an answer to negative questions. As a noun from 1712.
2 Answers. Yup and its more common variant Yep are informal ways of saying Yes. The only difference is one of formality. Use Yup only in informal (casual) settings, not, say, in a business meeting.