on the correct usage of "y'all"

So, I was doing my monthly MySpace check to see if anything worthwhile had come up, and in flicking through my bulletins (always lots of fun, in a cringing sort of way), I came across this one, posted by an high school acquaintance:

Date: Jun 3, 2006 4:41 PM
Subject: TEXAS GIRL
Body: A girl from Texas and a girl from the east coast were seated side by side on an airplane. The girl from Texas, being friendly and all, said, "So, where ya'll from?" The east coast girl said, "From a place where they know better than to use a preposition at the end of a sentence." The girl from Texas sat quietly for a few moments and then replied:

"So, where ya'll from, bitch?"

REPOST IF YOU'RE A TEXAS GIRL or if you Love us Texas Girls!!!


Grrrr. Grrrraaaaar.

Bracketing the wretched grammar, etc., which is par for MySpace, I'd like to clear up a common misconception propogated by messages of this genre, along with every bad dialect coach in Hollywood.

"Y'all" is plural. It is only plural. It is a contraction of the phrase "you all," which is a colloquial rephrasing of "all of you." I have never heard a person of actual Southern extraction use the term "y'all" to address a single person. Ever. Thank you. That is all.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It's been done before.

http://www.opinionjournal.com/
columnists/pnoonan/?id=110007054