Date: Thu, 16 May 1996 23:36:07 -0500
From: Dan Goodman goodman[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]FREENET.MSP.MN.US
Subject: singular "we"
Wed, 8 May 1996 05:31:17 -0500
Natalie Maynor maynor[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]RA.MSSTATE.EDU
Re: singular "we"
I wonder if this is found elsewhere in the Upper Midwest?
I thought singular "we" as in "we'll see you" was pretty common
throughout the U.S. I've heard it compared with the use of "y'all"
in set expressions like "y'all come back" when said to just one
person. I think maybe Michael Montgomery has made such a comparison
in one of his articles on "y'all."
--Natalie (maynor[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]ra.msstate.edu)
I don't remember encountering it in other places I've lived: Ulster
County NY, New York City, San Francisco, Los Angeles. Did I miss it,
or have I managed (till moving to MPLS) to live in the only parts of
the US where this isn't common?
Meanwhile, elsewhere, a former and a current resident of Brooklyn are
discussing whether Brooklynites use "youse" as a singular.