Friday, November 7, 2014

ya’ll/y’all: The Weekend Edition—Common Errors in English Usage Entry for Friday–Sunday, November 7–9, 2014

“How y’all doin’?” If you are rendering this common Southernism in print, be careful where you place the apostrophe, which stands for the second and third letters in “you.” Note that “y’all” stands for “you all” and is properly a plural form, though many southern speakers treat it as a singular form and resort to “all y’all” for the plural.

Y'all can read Paul Brians' latest blog post here.

The Week's End Extra from the Archives: "Are you an old hat?" (April 23, 2012).

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