Re: Sexism and Pronouns

Subject: Re: Sexism and Pronouns
From: Tracy Boyington <trlyboyi -at- GENESIS -dot- ODVTE -dot- STATE -dot- OK -dot- US>
Date: Tue, 12 Dec 1995 08:33:17 +0000

Mike Huber wrote:

> I understand the southern US "you all" is now used as
> the formal singular.

For the benefit of all you Yankees, "you all" (or the contraction
"y'all") is a plural form of "you," just like "youse guys" or whatever
you all say up there. What you see in TV & movies is wrong...nobody
uses "you all" or "y'all" as a singular.

Seriously, isn't English one of the very few languages without a plural
form of "you?"


Tracy Boyington
Technical Communication Specialist
Oklahoma Department of Vocational & Technical Education
Stillwater, Oklahoma

I never express opinions, but if one slips out, it belongs
to me and not ODVTE.

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