Date: Thu, 20 Jan 1994 22:16:59 CST From: "Donald M. Lance" Subject: y'all 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 spread to? Also, how common is "server" where you are? All restaurants in Columbia use that term now. DMLance, Univ of Missouri