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Only in America

Only in America: War of words

Two entertainers argue over who's legally entitled to use the word "Yuuup" — and more in our collection of strange revelations about the nation

A legal battle has erupted between rapper Trey Songz and Dave Hester, star of the TV auction show Storage Wars, over the right to yell "Yuuup!" Songz says "Yuuup!" became his "signature sound" long before Hester began using it. Hester insists that Songz's "yuuup" is "distinct and different from Hester's more monosyllabic-sounding, guttural auction-bidding phrase."