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Old 07-17-2007, 08:03 PM
 
Location: Northern California
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Default How do you spell y'all?

Having a friendly little disagreement with hubby. What do y'all think? How do YOU spell it? y'all or ya'll???

http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t103/jazzedforhim/winking0047.gif (broken link)
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Old 07-17-2007, 08:16 PM
 
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you are right. It's short for "you all" and since the apostrophe goes where the missing letters are, hence "y'all"
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Old 07-17-2007, 09:09 PM
 
Location: Hutto, Tx
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I think you're spelling it right, too.
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Old 07-17-2007, 09:16 PM
 
Location: Deep In The Heat Of Texas
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Y'all seems to be the correct way to spell it, but Wikipedia says:

Y'all, sometimes rendered "Ya'll", "Yawl", or "Yaw", and archaically spelled "You-all", is a fused grammaticalization of the phrase "you all".

Just don't tell your husband that since it's only sometimes rendered "ya'll."
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Old 07-17-2007, 09:30 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Gah! I gotta get on wiki and fix that. Should be "...spelled y'all, but often misspelled all sorts of other ways..."
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Old 07-18-2007, 09:09 AM
 
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'Ya'll'
I pronounce it like 'yell' but with a hard 'AH' in the middle.
Ya - all.
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Old 07-18-2007, 09:39 AM
 
Location: Northern California
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Thanks Y'all!

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Old 07-18-2007, 06:33 PM
 
Location: Texas Hill Country
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I spell it ya'll.
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Old 07-18-2007, 07:31 PM
 
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Merriam-Webster, which should hold definitive clout, says the two variations are "y'all" and "you-all," and "ya'll" comes up as a misspelled word.

http://www.m-w.com/cgi-bin/dictionary

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Old 07-18-2007, 08:30 PM
 
Location: Dripping Springs (4th generation)
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I still spell it ya'll no matter what webster says lol...kinda like ain't ain't a word and I ain't gonna use it
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