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In which it’s y’all NOT ya’ll

 

Although talking to me you wouldn’t suspect it, I am a Southerner born and bred.  I like being from the South.  I think Southerners are friendlier and more respectful than other regions of the country.  I know this sounds stereotypical but honestly, as an ENTIRE region, this seems to be the case.  Don’t start hassling me about specifics because I’m NOT INTERESTED in your opinion.  Start your own damn blog.

 

At any rate, although I don’t have a huge Southern accent, I do identify with the south and as such, I feel qualified to address the common Ya’ll versus Y’all mistake that I see EVERYWHERE!!  Especially on Twitter so here goes.

 

DEAR People of the Internet and Twitter:

If you are going to use the word y’all, which I personally don’t think you should if you don’t actually say it in real life, please make sure to spell it correctly.  Nothing irritates us Southerners more than seeing it spelled “Ya’ll.”   That is ya all, not y’all which is short for you all.  OK?

 

Y’all  NOT Ya’ll

 

Got it?

 

Now I don’t follow that many “celebrities” but I do follow a few from some of my favorite shows.  Two such people are Katee Sackhoff (@KateeSackhoff) and Tricia Helfer (@trutriciahelfer) both of whom are from Battlestar Galactica.  (Yeah, you read that right.  I both watched and LOVED BSG!)

 

I follow them because I find them amusing and fun however, they both use the word y’all incorrectly and they use it incorrectly often.  The other day I read the following Twitter Stream:

 

 

So Katee was on her way to see Tricia (they’re best buds) and they often have drinks and then they’re quite funny but Tricia tweeted out the above Tweet.  Well, Katee tweets out ya’ll a lot as well but this time, I couldn’t take it any more and sent them the following Tweet back which said:

 

I had no choice!  It was driving me crazy and somebody had to tell them the right way to spell it, right?  The following day I heard back from Tricia when she Tweeted this to me:

 

Ahhh… acknowledgement.  My work here is done.  Now all I have to do is monitor them to make sure that they’ve learned how to do it correctly.

 

And for the rest of you out there?  Either use it properly or don’t use it at all.  It’s my opinion that if you’re not a Southerner you shouldn’t use it anyways but if you do, at least get it right.

 

I’m just saying …

 

EPILOGUE:  This just happened.  Tricia just tweeted out this tweet:

 

YESSSS!!  She used y’all right!  It’s not every day that you can have such a huge impact on the world!

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55 Comments

  1. Sweaty
    August 24, 2011

    I am in awe of your y’all impact. Very cool, indeed. Will make sure I spell mine correctly from now on ;)

    • Lynn
      August 24, 2011

      Hahaha…I was surprising..and funny

  2. Eric is Fargo234
    August 24, 2011

    You. Are. Epic. And I’m just a tad jealous.

    • Lynn
      August 24, 2011

      Makes me wonder if I should take on a bigger topic!!! Hahaha

      • Eric is Fargo234
        August 24, 2011

        Bigger? No way. It’s the little things! You’ve impacted Hollywood! You watch. “Y’all” is gonna go viral. At her next playboy photo shoot she’s gonna be like, “Hef. It’s y’all, not ya’ll.”

        And you’ve conversed with TRICA HELFER. The geek in me stumbled a bit.

        • Lynn
          August 24, 2011

          Well, you’ll be pleased to know that i have Gauis Baltar (James Callis) following me on Twitter then!

  3. By Word of Mouth Musings
    August 24, 2011

    Hey i use y’all all.of.the.time on line and i am not a Southerner, but I grew up in South Africa which is WAY South.
    Since you bloody Americans destroy so many words originating from the Queen’s English (yes, born a Brit)
    let me reiterate here … its not nitch like bitch, its niche like capiche ;)
    (that was just for you Lynn!)
    (couldn’t resist)
    (going to do a post called Bloody Americans)
    … niche is probably french ;)

    • Lynn
      August 24, 2011

      I’m sure it is French. Also, i was expecting niche like quiche. You’re so flexible. Well, as long as you SPELL it correctly you can use y’all. It must sound so cute in that awesome accent of yours.

  4. Luda
    August 24, 2011

    It appears Tricia struggles with apostrophes in general. Martini’s? COME ON.

    Your work is far from done, Lynn. Far from it.

    • Paulette
      August 24, 2011

      Luda, that’s the one that got me too! Irritates me all to hell. I especially love when it’s used sparingly, like a whole list of plural words but only one gets the apostrophe. Example: I get Saturdays and Sundays off, and random Friday’s.

      WTF? Did your brain suddenly fitz out on Friday? And, of course, spellcheck won’t catch it.

      Back to the topic at hand: I had no idea people were misspelling y’all.

      Another pet peeve: opps. It’s oops! Sound the damn thing out!!

      I’d better stop. It’s too early in the morning to be this irritated already.

      • Lynn
        August 24, 2011

        hey there girl!! how you doing? i haven’t talked to you since our dinner. I had fun…actually, the entire Cali trip was a blast!!!

        • Paulette
          August 24, 2011

          Hi!!! It is a bizzy time here but I’m glad you had a great time in California (side note: every time I type out the word California, I hear Arnold Schwarzenegger saying it in my head…I might have issues).

          Back to work…

          • Lynn
            August 24, 2011

            well, i spend my life saying “it’s not a tumor” so i totally get that

    • Lynn
      August 24, 2011

      honestly? i’m pretty lousy at punctuation myself. I have no room to talk

  5. Al
    August 24, 2011

    I KNEW IT. I just knew you were a fellow Southerner. Thank you so much for stating what should be obvious and clarifying the proper spelling of y’all. It’s a contraction, people…you know, two words smushed together? Like I’ll = I will and can’t = cannot?

    And I had to laugh when you said “It’s my opinion that if you’re not a Southerner you shouldn’t use it anyways but if you do, at least get it right.” AMEN, sister! Y’all is a part of the Southern mystique. Let it remain so.

    As for the BSG love and conversation with its stars, wow. I was happy with the discovery of your Southerness…but to know you have a little nerd side, too, well, that cinches it. I am now an official reader of this blog (I only discovered you as of yesterday).

    • Lynn
      August 24, 2011

      I’m a big BSG fan…I’m even in a community for fans. Yep, i’m a nerd. and a southerner…thanks for reading…also i got GAUIS FRAKKING BALTAR to follow me on twitter!

  6. Nicolette
    August 24, 2011

    Ok, so I’ve been seeing conversations with you and Nicole (By Word of Mouth) on Twitter for a while and thought I have to check out your blog. Just did so yesterday and wow I’ve been missing out. Love your blog and the nerd in me is so impressed by your BSG love ;)

    • Lynn
      August 24, 2011

      Yeah for BSG! I love it…and those two girls as well.

      Thanks for checking me out!

  7. Sadie
    August 24, 2011

    Maybe you can school some people on using the expression “git r done”, I truly believe that only he who coined the phrase should be allowed to wear it out. Thanks for your help, lol

    • Lynn
      August 24, 2011

      I’m actually not familiar with that expression. who uses it? nobody that i know …

    • Name *
      September 1, 2011

      I don’t even think Larry the Cable Guy should ever say “git r done” again….it’s been used by him to the point of abuse and it should get to retire.

  8. Stephanie
    August 24, 2011

    AHHHH as someone from good ole virginy this pisses me off so much
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    • Lynn
      August 24, 2011

      All fixed in this case

  9. Lady Estrogen
    August 24, 2011

    It’s awesome when you see you’re stamp being left on the world, isn’t it?
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    • Lady Estrogen
      August 24, 2011

      YOUR STAMP, not YOU’RE STAMP.

      FUCKIN’ HELL.

    • Lynn
      August 24, 2011

      Yeah…gotta get my jollies somewhere…after all, i’ve failed with 3 kids already!

  10. Angel
    August 24, 2011

    Well, I have been known to say y’all in real life and I happen to be as English as it gets! And even I knew what it was a contraction for and the – y’know ‘ rules of English Grammar – yeesh

    It was great to see you having some influence on the geek fanboy’s goddess though! Fair play to ya!

  11. Scifishipper
    August 24, 2011

    HA!

    Lynn, you are the change in the world that I want to see! You go! :D:D

    • Lynn
      August 24, 2011

      At least I spend all my time and energy on relevant and important matters! NOT!!! Hahaha…oh well, at least Tricia learned it correctly. No telling about Katee…ahhh, kids of today…

      Thanks for commenting girl!!!

  12. Shelley (@momma_oz)
    August 24, 2011

    Love it!

    FYI… Even my iPhone knows it’s y’all … A truly smart phone :)

    • Lynn
      August 24, 2011

      And a southern one at that!!!!

  13. Vesta Vayne
    August 24, 2011

    As a Texan let me say thank you so much for pointing that out to folks. It’s funny, when I moved to California a dozen years ago all the LaLa people made fun of my y’all, now people tweet it!
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  14. One of the Sarahs
    August 25, 2011

    I suspect the misplaced apostrophe may be one of the signs of the impending apocalypse. Thanks for putting it off a little longer! As a Southerner by choice, I can’t agree with only allowing Southerners to use the phrase. It’s just so danged handy, you can totally understand why everyone wants to borrow it. The Midwesterners used to tease me about it, but that’s because they were jealous.
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    • Lynn
      August 25, 2011

      y’all is a great word but you gotta use it and SPELL it right, right?

      • One of the Sarahs
        August 25, 2011

        Oh, absolutely right!

  15. Nicole Hutchison
    August 25, 2011

    You are correct, my dear……and if you’re talkin’ to a big crowd, it’s ALL Y’ALL!!!!!!
    Do you say “fixin’ to” too? That’s my second favorite Southern-ism.
    Love your blog, so glad I found it via Facebook.

    • Lynn
      August 25, 2011

      me too! and thanks for the comment

  16. Amanda
    August 26, 2011

    THANK YOU! This is one of my biggest pet peeves. Can we get a PSA on a major network?

    • Lynn
      August 26, 2011

      if you can figure that out then you’re welcome to do it…hahaha

  17. Elaine
    August 26, 2011

    You tell ’em girl!! I’m a southerner too and I often “say” y’all in my blog posts. Thankfully I always say it right. ;)

    • Lynn
      August 26, 2011

      course you do because you know what y’all actually is. Southerners are the best

  18. Dorothy
    August 27, 2011

    Hi y’all. I’m sorry, I’m from upstate NY and I say/write that. It covers a multitude and so much easier to say sometimes. I didn’t know I wasn’t supposed to use it, I will be more careful from now on.
    I have my own pet peeves and one of them is people who mix up their and they’re and there. Don’t know why that bugs me but I want to correct them every time! And your and you’re. Contractions people! Figure them out! Then I have a friend who never drops the ‘e’ when she adds ‘ing’ to a word and it looks so weird to me. She is from Oregon, I wonder if that’s how they do it? And yes, omg, apostrophes on plurals?? What???
    I am such a grammar nerd, used to correct my husband’s love letters to me back in college hehehe. Bad bad me. If I post something on my blog and catch a boo boo, I have to go back and edit it, even weeks later, it bugs me so much. And if I screw up a reply on someone else’s, I have been know to ask the blogger to correct it for me lol.
    BTW, upstate NY has nothing in common with NYC. Wish we were two different states LOL!
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    • Lynn
      August 27, 2011

      Its funny that I care about y’all because I’m terrible with apostrophes and other grammatical things.

      Where in upstate NY are u from?

      • Dorothy
        August 27, 2011

        Please correct the word “freind” up there sigh…I know it’s spelled friend, can’t believe I did that, sometimes my fingers get ahead of themselves…LOL
        I am in the Finger Lakes region, near Keuka Lake, 20 miles from Corning.

        • Lynn
          August 27, 2011

          Unbelievable!!! I did it hahahahahaha

  19. Dorothy
    August 28, 2011

    Thank you very much.

    • Lynn
      August 28, 2011

      No problem!

  20. Kelly
    August 29, 2011

    OMG!! YES!!! As this term bothers you, it grates on my northern nerve when people say AL-bany!! There is no AL that lives here!! It is pronounced ALL-bany.

    ALL-bany, NY people!!

    Thank you for letting me get that off my chest y’all.

    • Lynn
      August 29, 2011

      feel free to yell here anytime…and its yell not ye’ll or y’ell…hahahaha

  21. RCB
    September 1, 2011

    As a teacher, I must say I’m impressed!
    :)

    P.S. We’ve got a vacancy – or I’ll creatively create one for you, of course. Interested? Sure you are!
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    • Lynn
      September 1, 2011

      I’d be an awful teacher. No patience whasoever

      • RCB
        September 1, 2011

        But, boy, would it be FUN to watch you KICK their asses!
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        • Lynn
          September 1, 2011

          have you seen them fight? watch Battlestar Galactica

  22. Christina
    September 1, 2011

    Totally left a comment up top somewhere about “git r done” and now realize I left my name blank….does it leave my name as *name or do I get to be anonymous? So weird…don’t know why I didn’t notice it. Oh well. Enough about that. I am a Midwesterner in Iowa and use it all the time too. It’s peppered throughout my blog as a matter of fact. I get annoyed with the misspelling too. Ya’ll is some weird You Will contraction.

    • Lynn
      September 1, 2011

      leaves your name as NAME except that i can see who it is. I don’t mind people using it … i hate when they spell it wrong

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