Date: Sun, 29 Jan 1995 16:01:47 -0500 From: Ellen Johnson Subject: misc Just logged on after an absence, hence the obsolete nature of some of the following: 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 (CVCV) 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]