Date: Tue, 10 May 1994 08:13:05 EDT
From: Wayne Glowka wglowka[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]MAIL.GAC.PEACHNET.EDU
Subject: Re: y'all
I'll not enter the singular/plural discussion. There are too many people
from too many places trying to use "y'all." But it sure was difficult to
avoid using y'all when I lived up north for about five years. In-grained
habits are hard to break, but I got very tired of giggles and jokes about
whether or not I wore shoes. I also got tired of hearing a parody
"you-all" drawled with Mid-Atlantic vowels. Moving to Georgia allowed me
to speak Texican again without the giggles.
An interesting class activity is to ask students to spell "y'all." Not
many of my students can get the apostrophe in the right place. With lower
level students, you can also throw in "don't," "doesn't," and "won't,"
forms which normally come out in many freshman papers as "do'nt,"
"dose'nt," and "wo'nt." Greta Little has a nice exercise that requires
students to go around town looking for apostrophes in order to write
"rules" to describe how signmakers actually use apostrophes.
Professor of English
Milledgeville, GA 31061
wglowka[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]mail.gac.peachnet.edu