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Marmy
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Post Posted: Thu Sep 07, 2006 6:07 pm
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lol!! Me, too, DM!

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Post Posted: Thu Sep 07, 2006 7:50 pm
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Rolling on the Floor Laughing

And so we see what happens when Yankees try to speak Spoonbread!

Y'all (pronounced "yaw") ain't a plural. It ain't even a contraction. It just means "yall". Grin

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Post Posted: Fri Sep 08, 2006 5:37 am
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Greg wrote:
Y'all (pronounced "yaw") ain't a plural. It ain't even a contraction. It just means "yall". Grin

Interesting point! I use it (occasionally) as a second-person plural, but it probably means something entirely different in Real Dixie... *8)
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Post Posted: Fri Sep 08, 2006 11:47 am
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Heh. In truth, even down in Dixie I've found that the plurality, spelling, definition, etymology, and usage of y'all (or ya'll, or yall, or yaw, and sometimes even yalls) is a matter of never-ending discussion and debate. The strength of opinion varies from vehement confusion to tittering amusement.

Most of the time in my mind I'm thinking "y'all" but what I say is "you." That's due to endless training over the dinner table when I was a child, not in response to Yankee arrogance.

One of my favorite theories about the origin of the term was that it did not orginate as "you all" but rather as something like "yewel," a synonym for the second-person singular "you." Then as its usage spread along with the migration of the Scots-Irish across the South, people unfamiliar with the term attempted to interpret in terms they knew.

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Post Posted: Thu Nov 09, 2006 2:35 pm
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Your Linguistic Profile:
45% General American English
30% Yankee
15% Dixie
5% Midwestern
0% Upper Midwestern



Haha i am not from US yet but i tend to say words in the "american" way. Dont ask why LOL! i just learn them like that. However there are some things on there i say two terms too..or i didnt really get some of them.
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Post Posted: Thu Nov 09, 2006 5:01 pm
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50% General American English

20% Yankee

15% Dixie

5% Midwestern

5% Upper Midwestern


I'm from England too there was stuff on their I didnt get either...lol blush

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Post Posted: Thu Nov 09, 2006 8:33 pm
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I often wonder how much the classic Southern dialect in America reflects common English as spoken in England in the 17th century. I've read that the colonies of Virginia and South Carolina were the most Bri'ish of the lot way back then.

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Post Posted: Fri Dec 22, 2006 7:29 pm
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In the part of Wisconsin, youz is a semi-common plural for you. Pronounced just like someone from New Yorker / Jersey would say "you", but less nasal. The to most common odd words here are "bubbler" (aka drinking fountain) and " Ya der hay" (aka Hey, you!). Personally, Ya der hay sounds so vulgar.

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Post Posted: Fri Dec 22, 2006 8:06 pm
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I've heard "youz" from folks who live in Chicago. Maybe they're Wisconsin emmigrants.

"Ya der hay" is a new one to me! It sounds kind of Swedish.

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Post Posted: Sat Dec 23, 2006 12:28 am
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Its more of a "ja der hay", and the area is predominantly German.

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Post Posted: Sun Dec 24, 2006 10:33 am
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Oh, I get it! It's sort of like "Yes! There you are!"

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Post Posted: Wed Feb 07, 2007 3:49 pm
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Your Linguistic Profile:
70% General American English
15% Yankee
5% Dixie
5% Upper Midwestern
0% Midwestern



I guess this makes sense. I grew up in Oregon, picked up some Dixie from my wife, and I currently reside in Boston. That was fun.
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Post Posted: Wed Feb 07, 2007 4:09 pm
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Yeah, I'd say that the Pacific Northwest is pretty much General American English territory with very little regional identity beyond the word "sasquatch" and knowing how to pronounce "Sequim" and "Spokane." I think you'd get extra credit as a pacnor* if you know what a "potlatch" is.

And there's no tellin' what pollutants might be introduced by hanging out with a dixie doll and a bunch of improper Bwastonians!


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Post Posted: Wed Feb 07, 2007 4:17 pm
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A potlatch is a celebration in which the host invites a whole lot of people and the host gives THEM gifts, kind of like a reverse birthday. I actually did some research on this in Native Alaskan cultures in the 7th grade. Score pacnor points for me!
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Yup! Pacnor Points!

Down in the region around the Columbia river, that turned into a big gathering of the tribes where each chief would should how wealthy his tribe was by giving away or even destroying lots of stuff.

For a time they got into a competition that sometimes had tragic consequences for a tribe who destroyed too much stuff, but they had lots of fun. Also very important, those gatherings resulted in the exchange of a considerable amount of genetic material among the tribes so that they didn't become quite so inbred.

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