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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

How Y'all Doing?

The Secret History of “Y’all”: The Murky Origins of a Legendary Southern Slang Word

The phrase "y'all" might not simply be the shortened form of "you all" — but something far more complex

Cameron Hunt McNabb | August 30, 2015

As I jumped across the pond for a few weeks, back in my grad school days, I wanted to at least try to assimilate. Step one was toning down my Americanisms and in particular my Southern accent. I had phased out “ain’t” while teased during my college years in the North, and I could easily swap out my “ATM” for “cash point” and “to go” for “take away.” But one thing couldn’t be distilled out of my vocabulary: “y’all.”

For all those new Texans out there that don’t know how to use y’all correctly, here’s your guide. Source:
So ingrained was the word in my lexicon that I didn’t even notice when I said it. It flew under my linguistic radar, and it blew my cover completely. Not only was I American, I was a Southern American. Busted.

<more at; related links: (Y'all) and (Can "Y'all" Mean Just One Person? October 3, 2014)>

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