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    i love Array skylights's Avatar
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    I'm Southern-born with Northern parents. I usually end up saying "you guys" informally and "you all" formally.

    Quote Originally Posted by bologna
    I write "y'all" myself, but I rarely [I]say it. I don't know why.
    Lol, I'm the opposite. Sometimes if I'm speaking fast I'll say "y'all", but I almost never write it. It seems too casual for writing.

    Like you said, no good answer.

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    I generally just say "you", for both singular and plural. If I want to emphasize that I mean everyone in a group, I will specify "all of you" or "everyone", or identify the specific people I mean.
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    & Badger, Ratty and Toad Array Mole's Avatar
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    Second person, be blowed! What gets my goat is being referred to in the third person when I am present. Like when I am present on Central, far too often they go after my goat with the third person.

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    I cannot WAIT to move up north and force my y'alling upon the masses.

    It's such a good word

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    insert random title here Array Randomnity's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by gromit View Post
    Same here. I'd say "you guys" to a female-only group even. "What time do you guys want to meet up?"
    +1. Guys is pretty gender neutral unless context makes it male-specific. The only other acceptable options on that list (around here) are "you" and perhaps "you all" or similar. No non-ironic y'alls allowed. And that y'inz stuff, what in the name of....

    edit: oh yeah, "everyone", that's another good one.
    -end of thread-

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    Senior Member Array Chaotic Harmony's Avatar
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    I'm a y'all kind of gal. But I also say you guys and don't see it as gender specific.

    True story: Making copies for a lawyer once... There was a legal document from a case in Texas that was related to the case here... Throughout the entire document if it referred to more than one person they used the word y'all.

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    I find 'you guys' very, very ugly. You should let it die.

    Personally, I do it like Coriolis - just in a better voice.

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    I also have been known to throw myself in with the group, say "we," because - why not?

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    Well not every language has a second person plural pronoun. The only thing I can think of right now is Esperanto, which uses the same "you" for both singular and plural. As for non-artificial languages, I don't know any that don't have this.

    Never heard of "ye" meaning something other than "yes" for the lazy.

    Quote Originally Posted by bologna View Post
    I write "y'all" myself, but I rarely say it. I don't know why.
    Yeah I like to write y'all out online, but I don't think I've ever said it in real life. I also like to write "mate," even though I'm from the US and I don't say this out loud either. I wonder how different my writing style is from my speaking style...

    Quote Originally Posted by gromit View Post
    Same here. I'd say "you guys" to a female-only group even. "What time do you guys want to meet up?"
    I have always said "guys" to include girls also. It's pretty gender-neutral to me, even though I realize it seems a bit odd.

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    in the specific area in which I was raised 'you' and 'y'all' were both used with great frequency, however, as the offspring of a teacher and a holder of an english degree, I've tended toward 'you' or 'you guys' (gender regardless) when referring to a group of people

    reminds me of the time that a friend (from Maryland) and I decided that we needed to teach my Chicago area roommate how to say y'all... her awkwardness around the word was pretty hilarious
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