Date: Fri, 20 Oct 1995 13:17:57 MST From: Tom Uharriet Subject: Re: y'all are crazy > in lotsa languages (and so many unrelated ones that this seems not > to be an entirely arbitrary association), the plural form implies > politeness--couldn't this be what is going on? seems to go with what > was said about salesmen and friendly people using it, but not the > police officer who's caught you doing something naughty. > > lynne I don't know about Lynne's South African usages. From what I have heard around here, polite plural forms are in the first person. The element of politeness is in the inclusion of self--which makes it plural. Hence, "we" cannot say that y'all fits this pattern. Tom