How many y'all say "y'all?"

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  1. AndyLowry

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    Not while doing an impression of the sort of person who would say "y'all," but in everyday speech?

    While growing up in Ohio, I would never have said it. The only time I heard it was on the lips of travelers or transplants from elsewhere. Living in San Antonio for a year changed that, as "y'all" seems to have seeped into my brain along with the aquifer water.

    What say you?
     
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    Guilty as charged! How bout y'all?
     
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    If I don't watch myself or if I have had a few beverages it will slip back into my speach patterns. It is a part of me, but one which Midwestern Corporate America tends to frown on.

    Oh and it is far from the 'dumbest' thing that comes out at those moments
     
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    My experience, after living in the South for a few years (Gainesville, Florida and Wilmington, NC) and then moving back to Montana for the last couple of decades, is that you don't really stop once you've picked it up. I don't always say it but I always think it. Much more graceful than the alternative, which seems to be "you guys" -- as in "Can I get you guys something besides water?" This is especially awkward when there are women at the table. Whereas "How y'all doing? What can I get y'all?" seems much more graceful. I predict a gradual but complete takeover.
     
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    I also predict that the carne asada taco will eventually replace the hamburger but that will take a bit longer.
     
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    Does "you" need an alternative? It is already plural:

    "Can I get you something besides water?"

    is perfectly fine, or

    "Can I get anyone something besides water?"
     
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    How 'bout you's guys?
     
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    My stepmother was born and raised in Mississippi.

    So....eventually....y'all sort of wandered into my vocabulary.


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    Aside. It's interesting that "you" started as plural and became singular are well through usage.

    Wikipedia:

    In standard English, you is both singular and plural; it always takes a verb form that originally marked the word as plural, (i.e. you are, in common with we are and they are). This was not always so. Early Modern English distinguished between the plural ye and the singular thou. As in many other European languages, English at the time had a T-V distinction, which made the plural forms more respectful and deferential; they were used to address strangers and social superiors. This distinction ultimately led to familiar thou becoming obsolete in modern English, although it persists in some rural English dialects. Because thou is now seen primarily in literary sources such as the King James Bible (often directed to God, who is traditionally addressed in the familiar) or Shakespeare (often in dramatic dialogues, e.g. "Wherefore art thou Romeo?"), it is now widely perceived as more formal, rather than familiar.

    Despite you being both singular and plural, some dialects retain the distinction between a singular and plural you with different words. Examples of such pronouns sometimes seen and heard are:

    y'all, or you all – southern United States[1] and African American Vernacular English
    you guys – U.S.,[2] particularly in the Midwest, Northeast, and West Coast; Canada, Australia. Used regardless of the genders of those referred to
    you lot – UK[3]
    yous(e) – Ireland,[4] Tyneside,[5] Merseyside,[6] Central Scotland,[7] Australia [8]
    yous(e) guys – in the U.S., particularly in New York City region, Philadelphia, and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan;[citation needed]
    you-uns/yinz – Western Pennsylvania, Northeastern Pennsylvania, The Appalachians[citation needed]
    ye/yee/yees/yiz – Ireland,[9] Tyneside[10]
    allyuh – Trinidad & Tobago[11]
     
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    Not I, my good man!
     
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    I picked up y'all around DFW. But it changed when I moved to Appalachia. Here, it's ya'll.
     
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    I would never refer to you lot as y'all.
     
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    I came from Central PA where it was always "you'ns" so it was an easy transition for me. Y'all just rolls off the tongue with much more efficiency.
     
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    Yes. Here in the South, we all pretty much say it.

    Except for the seemingly ever-increasing hordes of transplants. They say "ya'll"... stand out like a sore thumb.

    As evidenced by my posts, I even write it a bunch! Hope y'all don't mind...
     
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    At family get togethers it's always interesting listening to all the different ways of addressing the group. Myself and most of us are from Central IL, the rest are from Texas, Alabama, Nevada, and upstate NY. Y'all, you guys, and you's guys are used.
    The one everyone makes fun of is "you's guys".
     
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    I was born in Alabama of course I use y'all.

    Y'all commin' over?

    Y'all hungry?

    Y'all feelin' ok?

    Y'all stink?

    Y'all is sure ugly?

    Y'all ain't got no teeth?

    A question mark is always at the end of anything y'all. (?)
     
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    T'aint neva sed y'all, y'all.

    Eyez frum Ohio 2.
     
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