National Yes Day

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There's a secret word that opens the hearts of many, from small children to jaded adults. The magic word of the day is 'Yes'. And boy, do we have a day for you! National Yes Day, as whimsical as it sounds, is an actual thing. But before you rush off to rob a candy store with the gleeful intent of shouting 'YES!' to every sugary delight within reach, let's delve into what this day truly signifies.

When is Yes Day?

It's national yes day on the 19th December.

A Day Dedicated to Positivity

The National Yes Day might seem like a harebrained concept hailing from a kid’s book, but trust us, its roots run deeper. The day, seeing its highest online activity on December 19, 2015, is a fun-filled occasion dedicated to spreading positivity, courage and a remarkable willingness to accept life's extraordinary opportunities.

The Fizzing Popularity

With a superb 24 mentions on the internet, it's no wonder folks from every corner of the globe rave about the enlivening spirit of the National Yes Day. Imagine a day where 'No' is a forbidden response and 'Yes' is the key to adventures. Sounds like a fantastic tale from your childhood, doesn’t it? Well, welcome to reality, folks!

Foundations of Yes Day

While the clear origins of the day remain as elusive as your socks in the laundry, the spirit of the day unquestionably attempts to close the gap between despondency and hope, invigorating the world with the power of agreement, consent, and positive realizations. Indeed, on this day, 'Yes' is not just a word; it’s an embodiment of the human spirit’s immense capabilities.

History behind the term 'Yes'

1000 AD

The Origins

The term 'yes' can be traced back to its Old English roots. It originated from the word 'gēse,' which means 'so it is.' This word was commonly used in Middle English as a positive response or an affirmation.

13th Century

Adoption and Popularity

During the 13th century, the term 'yes' gained popularity and became widely used in the English language. It started to replace other affirmative expressions, such as 'yea' and 'yea verily.' This shift allowed 'yes' to become the dominant affirmative response.

18th Century

Expansion and Standardization

In the 18th century, with the expansion of the English language and its influence around the world, 'yes' became more universally recognized. It was adopted by other languages and cultures, often as a loanword. The term developed a standard meaning as an affirmative response across various contexts.

19th Century

Industrial Revolution and Everyday Usage

With the advent of the Industrial Revolution in the 19th century, the term 'yes' became even more prominent in everyday usage. It was commonly used in business transactions, verbal agreements, and general communication. Its simplicity and clarity made it an ideal response to convey agreement or consent.

20th Century

Global Spread and Modern Usage

In the 20th century, advancements in technology and communication played a crucial role in spreading the term 'yes' worldwide. With the rise of mass media, movies, and international travel, the term became synonymous with agreement and acceptance in different cultures and languages. It became an essential part of global communication.


Continued Relevance

Today, 'yes' remains one of the most widely understood and recognized words across numerous languages. It serves as a simple and succinct way to express consent, confirmation, or affirmation. The term continues to bridge linguistic and cultural gaps, facilitating effective communication and understanding in an increasingly interconnected world.

Did you know?

Did you know that the National Yes Day received its highest number of online shout-outs on December 19, 2015? Yes folks, that’s the day the internet unanimously shouted 'YES!' to positivity.


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First identified

25th November 2015

Most mentioned on

19th December 2015

Total mentions


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