Date: Thu, 20 Jan 1994 22:16:59 CST
From: "Donald M. Lance" ENGDL[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]MIZZOU1.BITNET
I've noticed that in Columbia, Missouri, servers in bars and restaurants
freely use Y'ALL when asking if "y'all need anything else" etc. And these
are not Southerners speaking! The friendlier the banter with customers the
more likely the servers will use "y'all." Not "you all" but "y'all"!
Today when I asked one of my classes about the phenomenon, there was unanimous
agreement that I wasn't making it up. Several students commented that they
normally didn't use that pronoun but felt obliged to use it on the job. One
worked in Colorado last summer and felt pressure to use the pronoun even though
she doesn't use it in other social contexts. Several commented that "it's
friendlier" than other ways of addressing customers. Where else has this item
Also, how common is "server" where you are? All restaurants in Columbia
use that term now.
DMLance, Univ of Missouri