Date: Tue, 25 Jan 1994 08:45:37 -0500
From: No Name Given NOLANDD[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]UNCWIL.BITNET
Subject: Re: y'all
I was told yesterday by an informant currently providing tableside
service in a New Hampshire restaurant that "waitron" is used by the staff in
a self-consciously derisive manner to refer to the way they are treated all-
too-frequently by customers: not really humans but automatons. The stress is
often on the second syllable for emphasis.
I have heard y'all used in the singular on occasion, but only in Texas.
There's a related Appalachian form, "y'uns," which can be used when addressing
one person but refers to their whole family; "Y'uns come to the house."