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When I say y'all, what I really mean is you all

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When I say y'all, what I really mean is you all

When I say “y’all”, what I mean is “you all” I don’t know why that is so hard to learn When I hear someone snicker at the word I bite my tongue while I do a slow burn Some say it’s not a word, just Southern slang It’s in the dictionary? take a peak There’s no need to make an issue of it Don’t we all use contractions when we speak? It’s never used in a singular sense Unless you just don’t know the word at all Y’all is considered a plural pronoun Some use it possessively, then its y’alls Called it bad English, outside my home state Yet where I grew up, it’s just common speech English teachers and College professors Would use the word y’all, even when they teach As time marches on, use of y’all will spread No second person plural without it I don’t think “youse guys" will come into vogue The contraction, y’all, will become a hit

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  1. Date: 7/26/2012 5:46:00 AM

    Congratulations on your win in Nancy's contest Charles. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 7/23/2012 3:26:00 PM

    All y'all congratulate Charles for pointing this out. Good job, Charles.

  1. Date: 7/22/2012 10:45:00 AM

    Charles congrats on your win, well said..David

  1. Date: 7/22/2012 9:37:00 AM

    I love it and I like hearing the southern folk say it! Congrats on the win of your cute poem.

  1. Date: 7/21/2012 4:25:00 PM

    HAha! This deep south woman spent 12 years living in Buffalo NY where she was the only one who said "y'all" instead of "you guys", "coke" instead of "pop", and "ones" instead of "singles". Love the write, Charles, thanks for supporting my 'test! Namaste~N

  1. Date: 6/30/2012 3:05:00 AM

    Wow! You must feel strongly about it! And I like how you have explained it logically - including the dictionary and geographical connotations. Nice!