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

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  1. studio1087

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    Y'all is one person.

    The plural of y'all is "all y'alls".

    Texans are cool. They ask things like "Do all y'alls smoke brisket in Wisconsin?"
     
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    I say both y'all and Ustedes. :)
     
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    I lived in Texas from age 9 to age 19. I've lived in the north ever since. I still say y'all, fixin' to, and "might could." I married a Californian who can't understand why "you" isn't a good enough plural.
     
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    I've always said it, I don't think I can not say it.
     
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    We're not allowed to say it in Ontario. I must speak strangely - when I was in Nashville several strangers observed that I wasn't from around there.
     
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    Still, if you told them you were from Canada I bet they congratulated you on your ability to speak American.
     
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    Nothing but warm welcomes and great hospitality. I'm plotting my return trip already, strange accent and all.
     
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    Much more inclusive than just you. I enjoy hearing it. If you go to a small hill country restaurant, you are likely to hear "Y'aal like some nice cold sweet tea to go with your fixins". Doesn't matter the place or the age of the person delivering the line, it just makes me smile. When you leave its "Y'all come back". How can you possibly find fault with that?
     
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    1/2 of my kin say "You All", the other half (Yankees) say "You'z Guys".

    I have a friend in the PNW that say's "Who all, you all, what all".

    I love the dialects between distance, but fear it's going the way of RT. 66... My nieces are Boston area born and raised. Growing up in an Uppity Bedroom/Transient town they were scorned for their accent and changed. In conversation they pronounce their "R's"... Seems wrong to me, but if one gets pissed, upset, has a few beers they go all Boston.
     
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    Look at my moniker........
     
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    I've been trying to make up a joke about a yawl and a ketch all day, but it just won't come to me.
     
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    I knew someone would make a joke like this schooner or later.
     
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    Y'all missed another opportunity for a great survey.
    ( bless your heart ) :)
     
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    I don't have an accent or nothing like that. I do say ya'll. How many people actually say "You all"? That's just a waste of a syllable.
     
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    I can't think of a pun. Canoe?
     
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    I was born in Sumter, SC, but I got my southern accent in Austin, TX.
    Dad was in the USAF, so I lived ten places before I was 10.
    My family moved here (Austin) when I was 9 1/2.
    My parents weren't southern.
    Dad was from California, mom from Newfoundland.
    I adopted my accent to "fit in".
    I moved to Canada when I was 35, the experience tempered my accent, but I kept it.
    I lived there (beautiful BC) for 11ish years.
    I say y'all all the time.
    Feels like home.
     
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    Y'all a lot ( 17 years in Georgia and 1 Tn) and the yousguys because I grew up outside Baltimore MD.
     
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    Thanks, y'all! This is a subject very close to my heart.

    Many, perhaps most, of the world's languages have different pronouns for second person singular and second person plural. The regional variations have developed because we humans find it useful and even necessary to make the distinction, and "standard" English doesn't provide us with appropriate words. The fault, if there is one, lies in the standard-keepers' failure to recognize this need, not with vernacular speakers who use appropriate tools.

    It's worth noting that speakers of the Hawai'ian dialect of Polynesians find it useful to make even more distinctions with their second person plural pronouns:

    I was born in pronoun-challenged Kansas and grew up in pronoun-challenged Washington state. I first encountered "y'all" shortly after graduating from high school, when my family moved to Houston, TX. It scratched a deep itch; it just instantly felt right. As brookdalebill said, it feels like home.

    Possibly because of the poverty of my native tongue as I received it, I in later years noted with great interest all the variations listed in BigDaddyLH's post earlier in the thread.

    By 20 years ago, I had heard all of them from primary sources save one. I was tending bar at the time, and was thrilled to learn one night that one of my customers was from Trinidad. I asked, and he replied, "Allyu." As I heard it from him, the accent was on "all," and the very short "u" sound was closer to an American saying "book" than to an American saying "bus."

    Yes, exactly!

    John, you're just being silly. Maybe it's 'cause y'all drink water from bubblers rather than fountains. :p
     
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    With the family roots coming from east Texas and Arkansas, I never had a chance!
     
  20. geoff_in_nc

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    Lived my life in West Virginia (not real big on y'all there), North Carolina, and Texas, and back in NC now. I say y'all a lot, say "might could" frequently, and "right" occasionally, as in "that sunset is right pretty".
     
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