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Old 08-16-2010, 07:57 PM
 
Location: Sikeston, MO
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I'm from the Missouri Bootheel (very much a southern culture rather than midwestern), I currently live in Louisiana, I've spent significant time in Arkansas, Kentucky, Tennessee, Texas, and Mississippi and I've NEVER heard anybody say "yall" like "Yao." Not even close.
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Old 08-16-2010, 09:03 PM
 
Location: Pasadena
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I have never heard the expression in California except if someone is from the South. Otherwise "y'all" is not used in common conservation.
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Old 08-16-2010, 09:08 PM
 
Location: Washington D.C. By way of Texas
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I'm from the Missouri Bootheel (very much a southern culture rather than midwestern), I currently live in Louisiana, I've spent significant time in Arkansas, Kentucky, Tennessee, Texas, and Mississippi and I've NEVER heard anybody say "yall" like "Yao." Not even close.
I have but if you haven't. That's fine.
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Old 08-16-2010, 11:08 PM
 
Location: Central Austin
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In Texas, Ya'll is pronounced like Yao as in Yao Ming in many parts or Yaw and you say it quick. Yes, you hear it big in Chicago.
Uhhh, born and raised Texan and I've never heard it pronounced like that. It's mostly "yawl".
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Old 08-17-2010, 12:47 AM
 
Location: Long Island
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I say "yahll", a lot of the time it's mixed with other words like "whatchall doin?".

I hear both "yahll" and "yawll" in NY, they sound kinda similar but the former has less "awe".

Never knew y'all was a Southern thing, thought it was just American in general. Haha Whatchao durin' j/k.
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Old 08-17-2010, 12:53 AM
 
Location: Long Island
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I'm not gonna lie but I do hear "Yao" from time to time, mostly from the faster talking Southerners I here.

Also so I know I'm not crazy, child = chao as well.
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Old 08-17-2010, 02:31 AM
 
Location: Near Chicago
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I hear "yall" all the time in Chicago and Chicago suburbs - especially from black people who just happen to be the majority in Chicago and many of the suburbs down here. White people pick up on use of the word "yall" because they hear it all the time.
We're the majority in many of south suburbs yes, but not in the city. And yes most(at least it appears that way) black people in Chicago and the suburbs say "y'all". My whole family says ''y'all''. I trace my family roots back to Louisiana and Alabama. I didn't realize ''y'all'' was a southern thing until I came to C-D. As of lately, I'm beginning to use the general Midwest version ''you guys" more.

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Old 08-17-2010, 04:00 AM
 
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Well I don't live up North, so I wouldn't really know, but I do know that Northern transplants pick up on yall very quickly. It's such a convenient word.
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Old 08-17-2010, 06:24 AM
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Location: Queens, NY
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I'm from Georgia, and I've never heard any southerner, regardless of state, say "Yowl".
you're either trolling or lying.

i've been to georgia and have heard ppl pronounce ya'll yaowl. the same in nc and south carolina.

maybe you should get out a little more? or perhaps you can't hear your own accent and those around you...i know my gf swears that she doesn't have one and that *i* sound "funny."

my gf sounds like a stereotypical southerner with the whole won't/want, yaowll/ya'll, thang/thing stuff.
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Old 08-17-2010, 06:39 AM
 
Location: Washington D.C. By way of Texas
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Uhhh, born and raised Texan and I've never heard it pronounced like that. It's mostly "yawl".
I've heard it like that too. But I've also heard it like Yao as well. Just different pronunciationfrom what you have heard.
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