- The form y'all is heard primarily in the Southern United States, and nationwide in AAVE. (Recently, the form has begun to be used by other American English speakers as well, though still less commonly than you guys.) For other second-personal plural pronouns, see you.
- In the past, y'all was never used as a proper singular, but it may have been used with an implied plural, e.g. "you [and your team]", "you [and your coworkers]", "you [and your family]". Due to a cultural shift in the United States by non-Southerners using the word, it is now rarely also used as a singular you, although most (increasing) non-Southern / non-AAVE use is, like Southern and AAVE use, plural.
- Notwithstanding its etymology, the all in y'all is merely a plural marker, not a quantifier. Thus, just as us may refer either to some of us or all of us in standard English, y'all may refer either to some of y'all or to all [of] y'all.
- Y'all is not considered informal speech, but is also not considered formal -- You all would, to a few, be considered more formal, but is not required in formal situation nor is it encouraged.
- To use the pronoun "y'all".
- 1971, Frank Deford, There she is: the life and times of Miss America:
- 1990, Paul Levy, Finger lickin' good: a Kentucky childhood:
- With his swarthy complexion and jet black, straight hair, Louis was actually quite dashing. He wore his expensively cut clothes and heavy rings well, too. Besides his short stature, his most noticeable peculiarity was that he had a voice like Lytton Strachey's, which moved alarmingly, in the middle of a sentence, or sometimes halfway through a word, from a booming bass to the high-pitched, almost whistling soprano of a boy whose voice has not yet broken. As he y'alled and drawled ...
- 1997, Terence Sieg, Golf travel's guide to the world's greatest golf destinations: the ultimate resource for the discriminating golfer:
- Indeed, non-Southerners may feel themselves "y'alled" to death down here, yet even the most stony- faced New Englander will be charmed by the warmth of the Cloister's staff. The tradition of service is simply better and more deeply entrenched in the South than in any other region of the United States.
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- ^ "Why Is Everyone Suddenly Saying ‘Y’All’?", Mel Magazine
- ^ Okrent, Arika (2014-09-14), “Can y'all be used to refer to a single person?”, in The Week (in English), The Week Publications, retrieved 2014-09-15
- ^ Bill Black, Why Is Everyone Suddenly Saying ‘Y’All’? Or better put, why is it something so many outside of the South have recently adopted?, November 12, 2018, Mel Magazine
- Eye dialect spelling of .
- 1857, Barry Alan Grael, work based on Dion Boucicault's play, The Streets of New York , page 70:
- 1886, in Good Words for 1886, Donald MacLeod (editor), page 201:
- 1921, Robert Norwood, Bill Boram, page 52
- 2002, Marina Carr, By the Bog of Cats, page 24:
- 2006, J. R. Reynolds, Sustenance of Courage, page 281:
- Alternative spelling of (especially in AAVE).
- 1985, Barbara Savage, Miles from Nowhere, page 89:
- 1987, Beth Henley, The Lucky Spot, page 20:
- 1999, Connie Rose Porter, Imani All Mine, page 207:
- 2000, Frankie Avalon Wolfe, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Being Vegetarian, page 308:
- 2004, James E. Pittman, The Way We See It: Expressed through poetry and rhyme from friends and family, page 35:
- 2004, Ronald Everett Capps, Off Magazine Street, page 291:
- 2005, Jimmie, Life, Death And Sex In Prison, page 21:
- “I’m Lieutenant Bunger. Ya’ll do exactly as I or any other uniformed officer here tells you to do, whenever he wants ya’ll to do it. Ifen ya’ll don’t do it quickly enough and the way we tell ya’ll to do it, we’ll march ya’ll right to the fuckin’ ‘hole’. For you new inmates […] I mean solitary confinement. We don’t fuck aroun’ with ya’ll here. Ifen ya’ll don’t listen to what we tells yoh, ya’ll be in the ‘hole’ until ya’ll get as blind as a bat from the dark. Right now ya’ll are goin’ to ‘B’ house where ya’ll have a place to sleep this night”.
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