Re: Y'all

Subject: Re: Y'all
From: Tim Covil <covil_t -at- WIZTEC-USA -dot- COM>
Date: Wed, 13 Aug 1997 14:45:02 -0400

Wayne wrote:
>I assure y'all that here in Dallas, that word is used to in both singular and
plural contexts.

My reply:
Do you really use it in the plural there? Here in S.C., it's singular
only.

I remember watching "JFK" and frowning when the girl in New Orleans said
to Oswald, "Y'all didn't tell me y'all was married." I assumed Oliver
Stone had an imperfect understanding of "y'all". Guess I was wrong!

>----------
>From: Wayne Douglass[SMTP:wayned -at- VERITY -dot- COM]
>Sent: Wednesday, August 13, 1997 2:18 PM
>To: TECHWR-L -at- LISTSERV -dot- OKSTATE -dot- EDU
>Subject: Re: gender sensitivity and pronoun use
>
>At 01:00 PM 8/13/97 -0500, Phillip Winn wrote:
>>I understand the dictionary definition of "y'all" (The *dictionary*
>>definition? Egad. Snarf.), but I assure y'all that here in Dallas, that
>>word is used to in both singular and plural contexts. It is one of the most
>>irritating things in the world to an outsider, right up there with "I'm
>>fixin' to do something here."
>>
>Don't even get into the past pluperfect subjunctive "used to could." As in:
>"When I was a boy you used to could leave your front door unlocked."
>
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