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

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  1. gwjensen

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    That's hilarious! Southern gentility turned on its head.
     
  2. Diagoras

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    I've lived in NC for several years (in and around the university cities), and I don't know a single person who says it. In fact, I don't even know anyone with a southern accent.

    However, I was just at a restaurant earlier tonight and a woman behind me was talking about how her son was "eel". It sounded so bizarre. Then, when her friend got up, she asked him to get her a "re-feel". She said she wanted "mower" tea.

    :lol:
     
  3. String Tree

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    I say Y'all.

    And I say Mess.
     
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    That ain't right, y'all. :p

    :lol: ¡Yo tambien! :lol:
     
  5. acrylicsuperman

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    I say y'all all the time. I'm in Washington state
     
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    I don't want to say it but I do. I mean to say "Hello" or "Hi"...but it comes out "Howdy!" complete with the exclamation mark.

    I went to Texas many times in the 70's and can't wash it off...
     
  7. Sidney Vicious

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    Y'all are funny.
     
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  9. Leon Grizzard

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    Sure. It's just informal, colloquial speech. I don't say it when I oughtn't. But there's lots of maybe not terribly educated folks who just talk that way; not puttin' on the dog or anything; just talk that way. And some who lay it on a little thick.
     
  10. lineboat

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    I say it. I've never understood why some things like that are frowned upon, or why people are made fun of or looked down on for their way of life. I was called out in a big corporate meeting for saying" just letting y'all know".... WTF? I was told "heads up" is a better term. Really? Heads up where I'm from means somebody just threw something at you, and you better think fast or it might knock a dent in your forehead. Different areas, different terminology. None are really right or wrong in my book.
     
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    Ha! Yeah, it was brutal. You can probably imagine. You're the new kid in class, and you're from a totally different place, so obviously all the kids are going to tease you...BUT THEN the teachers and principal are jumping on you too!!! I can look back and laugh now, but it was upsetting and embarrassing for me at the time.
     
  12. Westerly Sunn

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    Well, I do, and came by it honestly, so I can't imagine apologizing for it... It's a natural part of speech, here.

    I'm proud of my culture.

    Heck, I even use it in written text; informally, of course.
     
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    I've been known to addres y'all with a y'all on occasion.

    Only took 1 year in Texas to do it.
     
  14. Westerly Sunn

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    Wow! Far out... :lol: When I was a kid, you could get your @$$ busted for leaving off a Ma'am or a Sir... and that applied to all your elders... I don't care if it was a man in jail covered in hog crap... He was your elder, you addressed him as "Sir..." Never mind if it was a lady!

    I wasn't prone to screwing that up, myself though... If my parents failed on anything, they didn't on that... I grew up with a respectful tongue in my head.
     
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    possessive plural version: "All Y'allses"

    as in: "All y'allses grits is gon' get cold"
     
  16. Westerly Sunn

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    That's a shame... Ya' see... You ain't really even in NC. They done and drawed a line all the way around you folks... You in whatcha' call an Ahn-klave... You oughta' bust outta' there.
     
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    I'm originally from the UK and while serving in the British Army one posting I was on involved working side by side with a couple of guys from Alabama. After about 2 weeks they had me saying it, and even now 40 years later I still occasionally say it without thinking. Wife does her nut.. S:lol:
     
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    It is sad those outside the sound cannot learn proper English.
     
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    Of course! It's a southern thang.
     
  20. william tele

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    When I hear people talking like that it usually signals that I'm among warm, hospitable human beings. You don't know anyone with a southern accent in NC? THAT is bizarre! :lol:
     
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