Yéigo

Perhaps you’ve been around some Navajos and during an activity of some sort someone exclaims “Yéigo!” Maybe it’s at a basketball game (or any sporting event), or in the kitchen trying to open a stubborn jar cap, or in the classroom when someone asks you a question and you’re trying hard to recall the answer.

There are a myriad of situations in which yéigo may apply. As you may have guessed, it’s meaning approximates to “with great effort, do [it]” or “try with much dedication.” It almost takes on the exclamation, “Harder!” but isn’t as harsh in the most extreme cases.

Yéigo ííníłta’!