Date: Fri, 20 Oct 1995 09:09:44 -0500 From: Katherine Catmull Subject: Re: y'all are crazy On Fri, 20 Oct 1995, Merri Lisa Johnson wrote: > It may appear at times > that "y'all" is being used in the singular, but I assure you that is not > the case. I liked Tom Wharriet's explanation of the implied plural > meaning "you and yours." I think that thorough research would conclude > that there is always some implied or connoted plural meaning even when it > might seem otherwise. I agree thoroughly with Merri and Tom, and I've lived in the south for most of my 37 years, most of those in Texas. The _only_ times I've ever heard "y'all" used as a true singular was by new (and tin-eared) arrivals to the south who were just beginning to try out the expression. Oh--I've also heard it used that way in movies and on TV, which figures. But by those to whom the expression is native--no, never. Kate Catmull kate[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]