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Old 08-18-2010, 02:08 PM
 
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According to your link, only 4% of people here in Illinois use the word yall? Seriouly? Because with a 17% black population, I highly highly doubt it's that low.

Do you hang out with them and listen to their speech patterns or is that just an assumption?

In the South it is mostly crackers who say Y'all.
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Old 08-18-2010, 02:13 PM
 
Location: Southern Minnesota
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I don't know what you people are talking about. Here in Connecticut, I never ever hear "y'all" being used by anyone. In fact, I don't think any New England state uses that word. Instead, we say "you guys." The word "y'all" is very southern and midwestern. No one uses it here, period.
It isn't Midwestern, either. We don't say y'all in Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota or the Dakotas. Maybe the southern Midwest does, but that's just influence from the South.
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Old 08-18-2010, 03:37 PM
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I hope so. It's the only logical way to say "you" in a plural form in our language. "You guys" is what people say where I'm from, but "y'all" makes more sense. It's a contraction of "you all," and should be considered acceptable everywhere, in my opinion. Hopefully it will be someday.
EXACTLY!!! I'm amazed that so many people seem to be ashamed of the word as if it makes absolutely no sense grammatically. Ya'll is quite simply short for "you all". However, "you" would be used by a teacher in the South saying "I want you to read this book for a book report" when it is understood that the class (plural) is being addressed. There is nothing incorrect about y'all when used properly. Technically speaking, "y'all" makes a lot more sense when addressing a group of 2 or more people than "you guys" especially when one or more of the "guys" is a female.
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Old 08-18-2010, 10:39 PM
 
Location: South Chicagoland
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Do you hang out with them and listen to their speech patterns or is that just an assumption?

In the South it is mostly crackers who say Y'all.
Yes, smartass, I hear black people say y'all at the store, at work, at school, everywhere. Sometimes I feel like I'm the only white person left, down here. I've sat in classrooms where I was the only white kid and I've gone to jobs where I was the only white guy. I walk into the gas station and notice I'm the only white guy and then head to the store where I'm the only white guy in the check out line.

The word y'all is just part of thier common dialect as a result of thier southern roots. I'm sure you've read a history book before and understand why black people have southern roots. Historically, it was thier y'all-saying slavemasters who taught them the English langauage.

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Old 08-18-2010, 10:54 PM
 
Location: New Jersey
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Just wondering. I was watching the news, and during a bit on Rod Blagoyevich's trial they were playing a tape in which he says "y'all" as natural as you please. If a guy from Chicago uses it in a serious manner without hesitation does that mean it has become an accepted part of American English?
Absolutely NOT.
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Old 08-18-2010, 11:14 PM
 
Location: South Chicagoland
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I agree; it's not used at all in New England.

It's just "you guys" here..
Really? You'd have to be pretty out of touch with popular culture to not realize that there are rappers born and raised in New York who use the word "yall".

As for Connececut, I don't know. I wouldn't be surprised if the few black people who live there don't have a lot of room to be very "black" if you know what I'm saying. Maybe they are out of touch with thier southern roots but not all of New England.
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Old 08-18-2010, 11:21 PM
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Location: St Simons Island, GA
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In the South it is mostly crackers who say Y'all.
Absolutely untrue. Its' common use cuts across all races, ages and classes here.
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Old 08-19-2010, 12:47 AM
 
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Absolutely untrue. Its' common use cuts across all races, ages and classes here.
exactly. Basically everyone here uses yall. Even transplants who just moved here pick up on it quickly. "You guys" and "you all" are not unheard of down here either. It just depends on the context.
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Old 08-19-2010, 02:07 AM
 
Location: Brooklyn, NYC
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I can't believe y'all, arguing over a word that's used everywhere.
I can't believe you all, arguing over a word that's used everywhere.

I guess it did start in the south (excluding race), but I don't see the problem with it! IT does sound different when you hear it from people in the south or else where.

It sounds like y'aal or yawwl (like they drag out the word) Idk, I say it in text mostly "Where did y'all go" What are y'all doing over there" But in person I mostly say You guys (even if a girl or more is present) when referring to more then one.
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Old 08-19-2010, 07:47 AM
 
Location: The South
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When ever I talk to someone, who is obviously from one of those places that don't say y'all, I try to use it in every sentence.
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