Tuesday, July 26, 2011

The Wrong Way to Ya'll

I have been blogging for years and years now.

Well maybe just "years". Two, to be exact.

And over those years, I have learned a great many things from my whip-smart readers. I've learned about countless recipes and craft ideas, not to mention books and music and general Must Know info.


Once, I had a reader graciously alert me to my butchering of "gesundheit" (pretty sure my first try included a "z" somewhere...). The thing is, I hate to be wrong, so I appreciate being steered in the right direction. Ya'lls help me save face. And sometimes, let's be honest, this face needs savin'.


Which brings me to my point: Ya'lls.
I use it with reckless abandon even though I am not, nor have I ever been, Southern.

I mean, Southern Ohio, sure. But I hear that doesn't really count.

Way back in the beginning, I would randomly mix my "ya'll" with my "y'all" until a reader informed me that the correct spelling is, in fact, "y'all". I will be honest, I did not know this. It makes perfect sense, but it was not something I had ever stopped to consider.

So I vetted it with my sole Southern friend at that time, and he said something to the effect of, "It's back-woods slang. Can there really be a correct spelling of back-woods slang?" Well, I just loved his point.

The Shannan I know best would usually jump on the "right" spelling of just about anything, but maybe the barometric pressure was especially high that day or maybe I was over salsa-ed. I don't know. All I do know is that I decided right then and there to forge my own path and own my improper spelling. It felt like the right thing to do. Since then, I've taken liberties with ya'lls, yall'uns, etc... (If you have any other ideas, you know where to find me.)

And so, it is in highlighting the fact that I am a rascally fraud that I honor my Southern amigos.

Y'alluns buy that, right?


*This post was brought to you by my Southern friends who I had the infinite pleasure of spending time with whilst breezing through North Carolina.

47 comments:

  1. Yes we do learn a lot from blogging lol.

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  2. So funny. I live in Texas where people say y'all ALL the time and I've seen it spelled both ways {although I think y'all is the correct one}. I'm glad you're embracing your own spelling. :)

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  3. I don't want to freak you out or anything, but I think there's a ghost at the fountain drink machine behind you!

    Glad you're HOME!!!!!

    xoxo,
    HBY

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  4. Awww....ya'alluns look so purdy!

    Rebecca

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  5. Law. That pic. Law.

    Tash is so stealing the pic, she said.

    I miss you already.

    Pie slept all day on Monday.

    Y'all is fine any way you say it. Technically it is You All (Y'all). Maybe that will help you make better sense of it.

    I sure am wondering how Siley is.

    xxoo

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  6. P.S.- Don't you think people are going to be wondering why that baby is turned backwards in the picture? Law. And that crazy bald spot? Law. And my hair? Law.

    P.S.S.- I confessed all of my sins about meeting you and God setting me straight on my blog today. Blogging drags the truth right out of you.

    xxoo

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  7. Holly just cracked me up with her comment about the ghost :) (or I'm assuming that is who HBY is). Please whip "y'alluns" out in when we are talking sometime, it would make me laugh. :) Glad you made your own path sista.

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  8. Anything you do is just fine with me!
    xo

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  9. Love your sense of humor. I'm all for making up words and new spellings! Love it!

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  10. My husband would like to see the North & South unite, and as such, has proposed the following mix of Pittsburgh & Southern-back-woods slang: y'inz'all. Do with that what you will.

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  11. Yep, we put it all out there blogging....correct or incorrect:)

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  12. Dang google reader is preventing me from commenting on any of your post anymore.

    BUT,
    I had to put my two sense in on this one.
    I'm speaking as a southern girl here myself {southern VA}
    It doesn't matter how you spell it. Around here in the sticks it would sound more like "yawl" if you really want to get all technical. And since it's not a real word any way, who gives a ham sandwich how you say it.

    My family is from western NC and the slang for ya'll in that neck of the woods is you'uns.

    Which is what I find myself saying more and more everyday.

    ...still lovin your blog even though I don't have time to comment that much:)

    Amanda
    homegrownandbeeyoutiful.blogspot.com

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  13. Isn't it amazing what can happen when one is over salsa'ed?

    Thanks for putting the idea of food in my head at this hour- now I feel chips and salsa coming on...except I have no salsa.

    there DOES seem to be a ghost by the drink machine...

    The best southern slang I've ever heard is from my friend Stephanie. She's from Texas and actually says "used-ta could-a"!

    Yes, I believe it's technically a double negative.

    'Night!

    xo~

    TT

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  14. ok, we are totally kindred spirits, because I love the word y'all as well ( my cousin turned me on to the correct spelling) and am not southern in the least bit. Sometimes, when I meet people with southern accents on vacation I start talking them them. It's just so easy, y'all.
    I even blogged about y'all/ya'll here
    http://wishyouwereherephotography.blogspot.com/2010/12/yall-yall.html
    See: kindred sprits!!

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  15. Being a born and bred Texas girl, y'all is as much a part of me as fixinta. Now when you're talking about a group...it's all y'all. 'Course it's used all over the states now, so it really doesn't belong to us'n anymore. However you spell it...I know what you mean.
    Debbie
    P.S. I love to drive spellcheck crazy with made-up words.

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  16. All I see is a Zaxby's cup. Love me some Zaxby's.

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  17. When we were little we took my Dad's mom on vacation to Virginia and I remember hearing all of them say You all and I thought it was the COOLEST thing to say ever. When we came home, for the rest of the summer, I pretended I had a Virginia accent and said ya'll to everyone I knew.

    I was such a dork.

    Southern Ohio : ) SO CUTE!

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  18. I recognize some of your amigos. Funny how I know faces I have never met. We are southern blog cousins third removed. I can tell. We know the same people. Umm... they just don't happen to know me, but that's what happens with long lost cousins : ) Plus I live in Canada and say eh, instead of ya'll. But I'm sure it means the same thing.
    Dana

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  19. Anonymous said...First, as one who is originally from Northern Ohio - I can understand why you use the y'all. :o) It is so much cuter than the nasal twang we have!

    Second, I am so "jelly" of all these pics from She Speaks! I went 3 years ago...didn't know what I was doing...didn't have a blog...didn't know a soul. I really think I need to go again next year but I am really afraid I would embarass myself. :o) Running up to people like long lost friends and well, they wouldn't have a clue. That could be scary. Really scary, for them.

    Anyway, from one buckeye to another, keep the y'all whatever way you spell it. I love it!

    Denise

    July 27, 2011 6:16 AM

    First, as one who is originally from Northern Ohio - I can understand why you use the y'all. :o) It is so much cuter than the nasal twang we have!

    Second, I am so "jelly" of all these pics from She Speaks! I went 3 years ago...didn't know what I was doing...didn't have a blog...didn't know a soul. I really think I need to go again next year but I am really afraid I would embarass myself. :o) Running up to people like long lost friends and well, they wouldn't have a clue. That could be scary. Really scary, for them.

    Anyway, from one buckeye to another, keep the y'all whatever way you spell it. I love it!

    Denise

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  20. Ha...sorry...as you can see I was having some difficulty. That is what I get for coming out of lurkdom!

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  21. So glad you met with bloggy friends. I recognize quite a few. I was trying not to correct you with y'all. It is backwoods slang, so I let it go. Me, the former newspaper editor who seeks out all typos, etc. (Which means I always misspell something in comments.) So glad you got to meet some southern friends. AND my brother-in-law introduced me to y'allses the other day. Yours = y'allses. I've lived here my whole life. Who knew?

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  22. hilarious.
    you say it and spell it however you want, you rebel. :)

    Here's the 411....it's y'all (pronounced YAWL) if you're talking to at least 2 people.

    It's all y'all (pronounced AW YAW) if you're talking to 3 or more people.

    I think I might start spelling it phonetically, just for fun and bc you inspire the inner rebel in me.

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  23. I am from the South, and live right here in North Cack-a-lacky (so sorry to have missed you) and I spell it ya'll. I too would lean to spellin' it correctly but just like the rest of ya'll...who cares...as long as ya'll say it right!

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  24. you rock your y'alls however you want, sweet thang...it's your blog...your rules :)

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  25. I live in SE Ohio.
    We use "ya'll".
    Oil is pronounced "oral."
    Fish is pronounced "feesh."
    Creek is pronounced "crick."
    And a fire is pronounced "far."

    I love Appalachian English. :)

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  26. I am a northerner who loves y'all and uses it with reckless abandon in speaking and writing unapologetically. I would let them borrow "eh?" if they wanted it down in the south, so I figure it is a fair trade.

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  27. Well, I will follow along no matter how ya spell it! And I'm diggin' what the Fire Wife said...you've got to incorporate "y'inz'all" into your writing!!

    XOXO,
    Angie

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  28. Yep. It's "y'all" (pronounced YAWL) as in "you all." And, here (in the deeeep South), we don't say y'alls. Definitely a y'all's (possessive) now and then. So I'm kind of thinking you must have developed your own version up there. Something less drawn out, maybe more to the point? Could I get an audio on that?

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  29. I also am from South Western Ohio and I do the y'all and one of my dear friends mother says y'uns all the time... but she is a Kentucky native.

    As far as whether we are from the south or not is all relative... My husband is from Cleveland and he said it took him a long time to get used to my "southern" accent... (I may say "I reckon, that'll learn ya, and cement (see ment) but accent? Ha! I only wish I had the super cool drawl of the majority of my family in Tennessee.
    Anyhow, all of that to say he says that up there in Cleveland they consider anything south of Columbus "the south"! and that's just fine by me!

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  30. Now that looks like a fine, fine lunch. I hate I missed hanging out with y'all-girls. I am a bona fide southerner and "y'all" in any form is just fine with me. I recently heard my daughter call out to her Indiana cousins, "Y'all Guys." Mercy.

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  31. The only spelling of y'all/ya'll that has ever bothered me is that of a friend who insists upon spelling it "you'll". I just don't get it.

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  32. I'm from Maryland (just BARELY in the South) and have always spelled it as ya'll. A few of my Texan friends also spell it this way, so I think you're good to go no matter how you use it! Though, now that I think about it, y'all might make more sense, from a gramatical sense. I think. Never thought of it before!

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  33. you're funny :) i live in the south now but i'm originally a northerner and i remember the first time someone said "all y'all . . ." - I just cracked up :) now i don't notice it. at all. y'all!

    cute post :)

    xo ellie

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  34. This is my second trip to your blog today. THe first time I was interrupted by a kidlet. :) Now I'm commenting even though I have nothing important to add, just that I think this post is funny. And you're adorable. 'tis true.

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  35. First, my Southern Belle resume. Born and raised in TN and I scored an 83% Dixie on this cute quiz: http://www.alphadictionary.com/articles/yankeetest.html
    It's "y'all" if you are in TX, most other places that are the "real south" are ya'll. I can't claim to say "ya'lls" but I do bust out an "all ya'll" now and then. If you are ever at a loss and need a go to Southern phrase, "Bless your heart!" works for most any occasion and is sometimes even uttered with a syrupy-sweet smile when the person is really thinking "I want to wring your neck, darlin".

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  36. i like to think of my blog as my own personal universe*, where i can invent and/or rearrange words, spellings, contractions, and mathematical laws. i love a kindred soul.

    *'my own personal universe' is code for 'my own personal delusion of grandeur.' (if i identify my own psychosis, do i still need therapy?)

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  37. this cracked me up.. and it's y'all. ;) that's from your southern friend in sweet home alabama....

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  38. I tried so hard to support you and use ya'll, but the grammar freak in me won out. I say, use y'all all ya can. My parents are Southern, so I got the rights. Southern OH counts big time.

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  39. Hehehe! I am a former NY'er who is married to a Southern Ohio man and his family surely has an accent!!! His family referred to me as "that city gal" for the longest time and his grandparents sound like they are from the DEEP south to my northern ears. But of course I have picked up some of the accent and I am ever so thankful that you told me the correct way to write y'all! (I definitely was writing ya'll) Adios!

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  40. i'm just gonna apologize in advance for this.

    my mother-in-law (and i use that term lightly) says "you-uns" and who knows how that's spelled because it's not a real word. i won't say what i think it is because it will not be politically correct:) but she's from sightly north of the middle of indiana, so it's not because she's southern, if that tells you anything.

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  41. Oh, back woods slang? No! Y'all, short for you all, is a colloquialism. Essentially it is a regional saying much like fixin' or as my Ohio mother in law says, pop instead of soda or , in England boot instead of trunk. Calling it backwoods slang is so demeaning and further stereotypes us Southerners as uneducated and backwards. I'm sure he didn't mean to be offensive, but if he did well, bless his heart.

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  42. Look, I know your roots, and your roots say....you'uns. yep, you'uns. Are you'uns goin to come for supper tonight? Just like you have to say Corys (plural) are stoppin by. You don't say the wife and the husbands name just the plural form of the husband's name. That is what makes America great. And we drop the "T" and the ing on just about everything. We can't help it everyone else can't talk the language. I love when everyone is different(especially my grandkiddos). I think its funny when people think you have to spell

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  43. oops, I was busy looking at my Cal's leggo art. You spell it anyway you want and tell everyone you don't bow to peer pressure. Love, you.

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  44. living nearly half of my life in mississippi has made it hard to shake the ever present "y'all" from my vocab. and i don't care one stitch.

    YOU, my friend, are cute.
    your whole family.
    all y'all;)

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  45. Hey! The correct plural of y'all is all y'all. Tee hee. That's right

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  46. ...bless your heart...it is indeed ya'll...and it means more than one...never ever is y'all singular...and the person before me is right...it can be all ya'll...especially if there is a bunch...

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  47. That’s really great.. Thanks for taking the time to discuss this, I feel strongly about it and love learning more on this topic.

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