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

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  1. gwjensen

    gwjensen Friend of Leo's Platinum Supporter

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    Yeah, hilarious NOW I should have added. But you turned out all right. After all, you play a tele :lol:
     
  2. sixstringbastard

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    I can't believe that so many of yinz are misspelling yinz. :lol:
     
  3. flathd

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    Not me .... it's you all, or you guys.

    What is YouTube called, Y' Tube?

    I need a trailer, where's the nearest y' Haul?
     
  4. BigDaddyLH

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    Not just Hawaiian. That is true of some Indo-European languages. Years ago I learned some Sanskrit and it has the dual formation as well.
     
  5. boris bubbanov

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    It takes grace and practice to say it and have women's hearts melt, and to say it and be taken for a raconteur, and to say it and have the people know your IQ is higher than theirs AND you have more post graduate degrees than they do.

    There are people who just can't pull it off. I understand, at least I like to pretend I sympathize. ;)

    :D
     
  6. Justinvs

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    Never used to, then my brother came home from the Army - four years in North Carolina - and he spread it like a virus.

    Around here more people say you's instead of y'all. It's a Butte thing.
     
  7. boris bubbanov

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    I had a lady tell me that years ago in Livingston Parish, but what she meant was she thought she'd short changed me. Wasn't sure if she gave me a ten or not, and she wanted me to step back over to the counter and was searching for some other words but "ya'll come back" came out and I said yes Ma'am and kept walking towards the door.

    I guess she then said "Young man did I give you the right change?" and we got it sorted out. Words to that effect.
     
  8. boris bubbanov

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    Not really.

    We enunciate and speak more like this in the presence of small children, the deaf, those who couldn't get into college, and yankees.

    They need special assistance, sometimes. :twisted:
     
  9. Ringo

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    Been saying it all my life y'all!
     
  10. AndyLowry

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    Being from Charleston SC of course I say Y'all. I saw this somewhere: You + All = "Y'all". Replaces northern "you guys".
     
  12. buckwalder

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    I get a kick out of asking for directions when I'm in the south.
    You either get some long list of roads, trees, barns,then someone else buts in and makes it more confusing. Then after all this they say "you can't miss it"
    Or this one, " ahhh, you can't get there from here, yall goto go over there first"
    Well, do guys have a map? "Boy you aint from round here are ya"
    Banjo music in the background
     
  13. boris bubbanov

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    I like to use rivers and creeks as reference points, but this often triggers a response (when seeking directions) which is....

    "How is the fishing on that creek?"

    If you tell them the fishing is good, then they wanna know what kind of lure you use and you are never getting out of that conversation in time to get anywhere.

    And if you tell them the the fishing is posted or no good or you hadn't tried, or is not stocked anymore, they look at you like you're some kind of vegetarian troublemaker.

    I've decided to be coy and just say "A man shouldn't give away all his fishing spots, should he?" I haven't tried it enough to tell you yet how it will work out.

    Something that happens to me a lot in all rural areas is, they tell you to turn left where the old Stewart homestead used to be. Is there a chimney or any evidence the residence was there? No.
     
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    Howdy,

    Learning to use "Ya'll" is obligatory, growing up in Texas.
     
  15. Missipimud

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    I think "y'all" is the perfect way to say it, and for many of the same reasons y'all have stated above. Shame on the keeper of the language rules!

    But, as to the use of "all y'all"... I think most people confuse it as poorly addressing plurality, when in reality it is used as a point of conveying emphasis for whatever positive or negative message you intend.
    a) "Y'all can go to ****!"
    vs.
    b) "All y'all can go to ****!"
     
  16. rsclosson

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    I never understood or agreed with language snobs. My favorite writers are from the South. I have always admired the colorful way Southerners express themselves. They are among the best wordsmiths in the country; perhaps the world.

    I asked a Georgia friend how he was doing one day. He responded, "Feel like I've been eaten by a coyote and $#!t off the side of a cliff!" Frankly I have NEVER heard better descriptions than I have in the 40 plus years I have lived down here.
     
  17. Brian J.

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    i say y'all all the time but i'm a born and raised southern boy.
     
  18. getbent

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    I've been down near where Uncle Rulon used to live and there was plenty of banjo music there too... with plenty of squinting too.
     
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    Same here. Born in Cleveland, TN @ Bradley County Memorial Hospital but from extreme Western North Carolina.
     
  20. fatcat

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    Born and raised in MS; standard part of the vocabulary.

    What I hate is when people use it in the wrong context; if that makes sense, which does happen. Usually by folks from other places. It should only be used to refer to a group of people.
     
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