Originally Posted by Dockhead
Great story! But there's a grammatical mistake in the third paragraph, which needs "yew" instead of "y'all". Only Yankees address a single
person with "y'all", and the joke is about a "real Southern gentleman".
Another point of Southron grammar:
"y'all" is the familiar form of the second person plural personal pronoun. The formal form is "yew".
Speaking formally, "yew" is both singular and plural. So Southron is just like German here - "y'all" exactly corresponds to German "ihr" - the second person plural familiar; speaking formally, the singular and plural second person personal pronouns correspond - "Sie". So "yew" is exactly like German "Sie" and
"y'all" is exactly like German "ihr" (euer, euch, etc).
Ganz genau. Beinahe.
Except I think Yankees would be rather insulted by the suggestion that they even use "y'all". So would a few of the good ole boys that anyone would have intimated a usurping of their cultural identity.
And we haven't even started discussing the proper use of "all-y'all". As I indicated, my Floridian girlfriend, who is a teacher, insists that "y'all" is singular and "all y'all" is plural. I defer to her, as she grew up in southern Alabama
. I'm trying to teach her the proper use of the term "eh".