Date: Sat, 21 Oct 1995 15:06:28 -0400
From: "Christopher R. Coolidge" ccoolidg[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]MOOSE.UVM.EDU
Subject: Re: y'all, singular usage?
From my travels and experience, it would seem the difference between
"y'all" and "you" is informal vs. formal, an invitation or request vs. a
direct order. "Would you step out of the car, please" is a direct order;
if the officer used "y'all" in this situation, the driver in question would
take his sweet time getting out of the car, if indeed he bothered to at all.