Screaming vs. Yelling?

Discussion in 'English Only' started by doombooze, Feb 22, 2009.

  1. doombooze New Member

    scream: sharp piercing cry; "her screaming attracted the neighbors"

    yell: shout: utter a sudden loud cry; "she cried with pain when the doctor inserted the needle"; "I yelled to her from the window but she couldn't hear me"

    Same word. So, why do we say things like "The baby was screaming and yelling."? Or is there a difference between that I'm missing?
  2. GreenWhiteBlue

    GreenWhiteBlue Senior Member

    The City of New York
    USA - English
    Screaming is more high pitched than yelling, and it frequently does not consist of coherent words.

    Teenage girls on a roller coaster may scream, but a man who discovers that his house is on fire and who wishes to rouse his sleeping family is probably going to yell.

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