Date: Tue, 10 May 1994 08:13:05 EDT From: Wayne Glowka 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. Wayne Glowka Professor of English Georgia College Milledgeville, GA 31061 912-453-4222 wglowka[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]