In the days of his successor, their vocabulary was limited to “yok” and “Yassak”—“no” and “forbidden.”
"Silliman yok (not), silliman yok," he used to say fiercely when he was beginning to repent and get ashamed of himself.
One is "yok," which means "there is not," and the other is "yesak," which means forbidden!
Here I caught sight of my two companions, and was able to fling them a few words through the "yok, yok" of the sentries.
yok, I must explain, signifies "No" in its every variation, and is probably the most popular word in Turkish.
In the doorway stood a burly policeman, who said "yok, yok," when I attempted to pass him.
Yet the game is much enjoyed by the officials of foreign Governments in Constantinople, and the turf on the yok maidan is good.
What are you standing there like a yok, dreaming in the air?