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  1. Klopsawq

    May 17, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    This is pretty close to accurate, though the transition from y’all to all y’all isn’t necessarily so simple. All y’all emphasizes inclusiveness when that is useful.

    For example,
    I may say to Clemson Tiger fans, “Y’all are probably going to kick our butts again this year.” Whereas to Georgia Bulldog fans I would say, “All y’all can go to hell.”

    Thank you for correcting the myth that y’all can be used in the singular case. Anyone who does that ain’t from around here.

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  2. ThatBernie

    May 17, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    No.

    *Y’all* is just the plural of *you*. That means 2+.

    *All y’all* just means *all you guys*. The number of the group hasn’t increased, it just means that you’re referring to every single person in the group you’re talking to.

    For example:

    Q: Are y’all going to the game?

    A: Yeah, but Robert’s staying home.

    ——

    Q: Are *all* y’all going to the game?

    A: Nah, Robert’s staying home.

    Source: grew up in Texas, am linguist too

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  3. ronearc

    May 17, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    Y’all’d’ve learned all the sweet rules for using y’all, if y’all’d’ve been born in the South.

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  4. Uranus_Hz

    May 17, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    “Fuck all y’all” is such a satisfying saying.

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  5. sumelar

    May 17, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    Use y’all when you want to call on all.

    – Early Cuyler

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  6. Thehotnesszn

    May 17, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    In South Africa we have ‘Now’, ‘Now now’ and ‘Just now’ as different timeframes for when we’ll get things done (I listed them in order of shortest to longest time frame)

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  7. Gfrisse1

    May 17, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    Having grown up in the south, I would have said: “Y’all,” “botha y’all,” and “all y’all.”

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  8. not_REAL_Kanye_West

    May 17, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    I’m just over here wondering what they needed the 4.66 inches of tape for

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  9. KRLW890

    May 17, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    So does this mean:

    1: you

    2: you guys

    3: youse guys

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  10. Huntnpb

    May 17, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    I didn’t realize how Texan I was until I used “y’all’d’ve” in a sentence unironically.

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  11. Keinichn

    May 17, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    Don’t forget the mythical y’all’d’ve. You all would have.

    “Y’all’d’ve done the same thing if y’all was there.”

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  12. Ganglebot

    May 17, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    Canadian Slang

    1 Person = You’s

    2 or more = You’s Guys

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  13. Travelling_Man

    May 17, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    Needs a fourth bullet:

    -Listen All Y’all it’s a sabotage.

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  14. Birdgang14

    May 17, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    Philly.
    1-you.
    2-yous.
    3 or more- yous all. Or “all a yas” or “all a yous”

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  15. BronzeLogic

    May 17, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    We had a guy come work for us that is from way down south and I asked him ” Why do you guys say ‘I done told you?’ It doesn’t make any sense.”. And he said “Sure it does. It means that I told you… And now it’s done.”

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  16. CptBifkin

    May 17, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    Dont forget the “allay’all’dve”

    =all of y’all would have

    -allay’alld’ve been starvin’ had me and Ma not stayed up all night cookn’

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  17. eldududuro

    May 17, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    What about yuns?

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  18. Ne0nRetributi0n

    May 17, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    Dont forget the ever popular Y’alls’s (Yallses)… Heard at home depot in Kentucky.

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  19. dcnolin

    May 17, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    Yunz and yunzez s also appropriate.

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  20. DeepSpaceWhine

    May 17, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    Understanding English in Ireland:

    1 = You/Ye

    2 = Yous two

    3 = Youzens

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  21. bcrabill

    May 17, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    All y’all is used when there’s a chance the whole group may not be included but that isn’t the case. I.e. to denote the inclusion of the whole group, not just part.

    “Well if Jim and Terry drive, they can fit two people each, so that’s enough”

    “All y’all can fit in my Suburban so we can take just one car.”

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  22. Monkeyssuck

    May 17, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    You can conjugate too. All Y’alls is plural possessive. Get all y’alls shit and get the fuck out.

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  23. luthier65

    May 17, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    I usually tell folks that “All Y”All” involves, usually, profanity.

    From East Tennessee, live in Seattle…

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  24. _snoop_

    May 17, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    “Yall” was the Hee Haw version. “Yall” reminds me of the way southerners were portrayed in Gone With The Wind.

    Real southerners said You’uns. Pronounced yoo uh ns. As in: How many of you’uns are up there?

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  25. SideofIronyPlease

    May 17, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    Thank y’all for clarifying that. Much appreciated folks.

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  26. Miented

    May 17, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    0
    1
    2
    more
    more0
    more1
    more2
    moremore
    moremore0
    etc…

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  27. huch52

    May 17, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    Also like to point out, some part of the South “All of y’all” would be correct also.

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  28. bananashatts

    May 17, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    This is Canadian talk as well.

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  29. JohnsonAndJuiceCrew

    May 17, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    Where does “y’all’m’st” fall into this?

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  30. ZephrX1

    May 17, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    Missed opportunity to say 3 = “all tree y’all”

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  31. Stop_Watch

    May 17, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    North

    Hey = 1
    You guys = 2
    All of ya = 3+

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  32. Foxxxay

    May 17, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    This is pretty accurate.

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  33. Miskota

    May 17, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    *We

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  34. cybercifrado

    May 17, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    Bless your heart = fuck you
    Bless your little heart = fuck you and the horse you rode in on

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  35. AevnNoram

    May 17, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    Reminds me of a joke about Australia being the only country in the world to have a gesture in sign language for “Fuck you, fuck the lot of yas”

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  36. wbmn45

    May 17, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    THIS IS SO TRUE

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  37. snoweel

    May 17, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    Funny, but I rarely hear “all y’all”.

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  38. BuddhaBizZ

    May 17, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    You
    Both of you
    All of you

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  39. SmushyFaceQuoopies

    May 17, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    You forgot y’alls

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  40. magnament

    May 17, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    Usually followed by, “Motha’fuckas” or “mallackas” in polite company

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  41. DerpzPlayz

    May 17, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    Am from Georgia. Can confirm.

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  42. skbryant32

    May 17, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    Also, “yuens”

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  43. riffler24

    May 17, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    In new england it’s

    1: You

    2: You guys

    3+: You guys

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  44. Rishfee

    May 17, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    Is there a precedent for “you’uns?”

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  45. marteney1

    May 17, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    My uncle is from deep central Missouri. Over there, it’s “you’n’s” (pronounced yoo-unz)

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  46. Enderium53

    May 17, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    Close to accurate but not quite there. Y’all can be used for any number of people higher than a single individual. For example, when talking to a whole group friends (any amount), you can say y’all as in “What’re y’all up to?”. If I were to ask the same group of people (again any amount), “Are all y’all going to the game?”. I can just as easily ask “Are y’all going to the game?”, and they’d know exactly what I meant. Since y’all is all inclusive, there is really no need to say “all y’all” since y’all is all inclusive to begin with.

    Source: From Alabama, and live in Kentucky.

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  47. gaveedraseven

    May 17, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    Northerner here. The furthest South my family gets is Iowa and yet I have always intrinsically known the difference between “y’all” and “all y’all.” I regularly use them in sentences. My family and I have no idea where I picked it up.

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  48. nojumpinginthesewers

    May 17, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    Not really the south, “y’all” is becoming accepted vernacular in the north-east as well. Young New Yorkers use it a lot to denote a level of sass or anger. It’s mostly used yell at groups of people

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  49. thetexasunicorn

    May 17, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    I loved this the first 18 times I saw it here.

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  50. idealatry

    May 17, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    “Y’all” really should enter the canon of proper American English. I like to shit on Southern dialect as much as anyone, but a plural “you” makes sense, and “you guys” just doesn’t cut it.

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  51. Chitinaz

    May 17, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    Midwest (at least MI) 2 = you guys. 3 or more = you guys. Doesn’t matter gender its always you guys.

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  52. jay1333

    May 17, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    They left out you all!

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  53. StephanieRayne

    May 17, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    omg this is so accurate lmao

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  54. Maker1357

    May 17, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    I believe it’s called Southish.

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  55. easydai

    May 17, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    Only have but one thing to say, “Go VOLS y’all.”

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  56. PizzaAndPowerNaps

    May 17, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    Seems like I only hear all ya’ll used when the situation is heated not nessecarily depending on any particular group size (as long as it’s more than one).

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  57. Ma_mumble_grumble

    May 17, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    I grew up in north georgia, and ya’ll can mean singular you, or multiple people. But also on occasion is can mean “all you will” like someone suggested, “ya’ll commin over for lunch?” It’s often asked as a question, but it’s more of a command. Also yuns is an old people version of yall. ” Yuns been playing in that mud hole, y’all ain’t coming in my house like that. Y’all best get at that waterhose for I whip yuns”.

    Edit: whip is said whoop btw for you non southern speakers.

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  58. visionedodin

    May 17, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    If almost matches the oddworld games

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  59. krabbobabble

    May 17, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    Rather not bother with the south though. It’s too humid and hot and there’s too much stuff that wants to kill me

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  60. exceptionalfailure

    May 17, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    all y’all and all of you in context

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  61. Peeps007

    May 17, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    Wrong. We say “ya’ll” for two or more. In Texas, anyways.

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  62. greatgerbil

    May 17, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    I always thought it was: you (singular); y’all (plural you as in a group); all y’all(plural you as in group of groups)

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  63. Thorebore

    May 17, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    Also pen and pin are pronounced the same. So, when you’re talking about a pen it’s called an ink pen and a pin is just a pin.

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  64. akat_walks

    May 17, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    It’s like the birth of a branch of language . Or the end, or both. Anyway it’s related

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  65. Groet

    May 17, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    As the wise Doctor Dre said:so fuck y’all, all of y’all. If y’all don’t like me blow me!

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  66. mrjonnyringo72

    May 17, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    1 = you
    2 = youse
    3 = all youse guys.

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  67. rlanthony

    May 17, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    Technically y’all is used for single individuals as well.

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  68. MAcsSNAcs

    May 17, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    I once had a waitress in Kentucky ask our group “How’s yours-all meal?”

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  69. Flagpole50

    May 17, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    What the f**k is peeking out of the box?

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  70. TheRedBaron91

    May 17, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    FALSE!

    It’s y’all in any circumstance.

    Y’all better ain’t tellin these folks how to talk good english.

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  71. v3d4

    May 17, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    No, y’all is for 2 or more people. “All y’all” is an abhorrent and ridiculous speech construction used by the ignant and unedumacated.

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  72. Atillion

    May 17, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    You forgot y’uns.

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  73. olivefreak

    May 17, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    Accurate.

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  74. piscisnotis

    May 17, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    “Y’all” can be used when addressing a single person.

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  75. this_is_my_happyface

    May 17, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    Here’s a way to sound southern:

    M R ducks

    M R not

    M R 2, C M wangs

    L I B, M R ducks!

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  76. La_Vikinga

    May 17, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    Yay! They even got the contraction correct!

    It’s not *Ya’ll,* It’s *Y’all.* Drives me crazy that people forget how the apostrophes work when using them in contractions. It’s “taking the place,” so to speak, of the *o* & *u* in the word *you.*

    I still remember the first time I used *y’all* in daily conversation once we had moved to the South. “Hell’s bells…Here goes my descent into Southern slang, but dammitall, I swear will never say *Ant* instead of *Aunt.* Oops. I have to make an effort not to slip up with this.

    It’s surprising how things just slip on out of your mouth after you’ve lived in the South for a good long while. I even caught myself referring to my parents as *Mom’n’Daddy,* all run together. *Hon’* & *sweetie* have slipped into daily usage, too. I’ve done caught the Southern belle good and hard.

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  77. HomeHusband

    May 17, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    The real question is why does OP call his penis tape?

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  78. hunkydarleen

    May 17, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    I live in va and resisted saying “y’all” for most of my life but in recent years finally gave in… I was born in Syracuse NY and moved to va when I was 2.. my parents had upstate accents and I was raised to look down on southern accents but I’ve grown to appreciate southern shit now… except for the ignorant redneck fucks

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  79. optinpar

    May 17, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    I’m not from a place where people say y’all much. I like y’all. I think it’s clever, good language. “All y’all” sounds dumb as shit, though.

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  80. Anonymous

    May 17, 2018 at 12:37 pm

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