Date: Sun, 29 Jan 1995 16:01:47 -0500
From: Ellen Johnson ellenj[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]ATLAS.UGA.EDU
Just logged on after an absence, hence the obsolete nature of some of the
I (35, white female, Atlanta-born) use y'all, you-all, and you guys. I
suspect that y'all/you-all is a case of style-shifting. I use both you
guys and y'all with my students, I've noticed, so that could be an age
thing. I find myself increasingly using "gal" in sentences like "Who was
that gal he was with?" Has a slightly "hick" ring to my ear, but seems
like a good way to fill in the gap in the paradigm man/woman boy/girl/ guy/?
and avoids that offensive "girl" for adults I still hear all the time.
My mom was born in rural West Georgia, but she has /-r/. Still she makes
the 3-way distinction merry with /E/, marry with /ae/ (I have these) and
Mary with /e/ but the last does emphasize the first syllable inordinately
Is "an dem" like the "mamanem" the local color columnists use?
Example of a pretty exotic place name in the media affecting pronunciation:
remember when the probe of what was formerly "your anus" changed the name
to the less taboo /yur[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]n[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]s/?
Finally, in a certain style marked for flippant, I would always say
bookoos with the -s, never without, e.g. "he's got bookoos OF money"
Oh yeah, I also say "what kind of coke do you want?"
Glad to be back, Ellen Johnson atlas[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]uga.cc.uga.edu