Re: Gender

Subject: Re: Gender
From: Anne McDonough <amcdonou -at- OLF -dot- COM>
Date: Mon, 28 Sep 1998 08:55:24 -0400

Hi! As a native New Yorker who lived in Virginia for 12 years, I have always
hated y'all and successfully managed to live in the South without ever saying
it. Although, I equally dislike the New York version of it-youse or youse
guys. Must be a legacy from my English teacher mother.

Anne McDonough

Mary McWilliams Johnson wrote:

> At 03:06 PM 9/27/98 -0400, Hope Cascio wrote (among other things):
> <Oh, and while we're at it, I'm on a crusade to popularize the second person
> plural pronoun "y'all."
> =3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D
> Now, I second that proposal. Think it'll ever catch on? BTW, whur y'all
> from, honeychil' ?
> (In my neck of the woods (Texas), some folks use "y'all" when speaking to a
> single person.)
> I think "y'all" is right friendly and use it all the time, except in my
> tech writing. Fortunately, when writing instructions, I am usually
> addressing a single reader, so "You" or an implied "you" works just fine.
> At one time, when we lived in Colorado, we had to studiously avoid the use
> of "y'all." Instead we used the locally popular "you guys," which everyone
> there seemed to use as a gender-neutral pronoun. It seems that Colorado
> natives typically don't like Texans (because they perceive Texans as folks
> who brag, talk loud, and have bad manners), so we didn't want to give away
> our Texas citizenship.
> I'm wondering: How do folks from other states (outside Texas, Oklahoma, and
> Dixie) look upon such phrases as "y'all" ??
> Cordially,
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