Qimmik wrote:A note on non-standard English: For those to whom it's unfamiliar, "y'all" is southern US English for the plural 2d person plural pronoun. The generalization of "you" as the number-less 2d person pronoun in English is a perpetual embarrassment to speakers of standard English, who are helpless to indicate whether they are addressing a single individual or a group. In the southern US, "y'all" (non-standard but not sub-standard) fills the morphological void (that's not my dialect, but I do use "you all" when I need to make things clear); elsewhere, "youse" (definitely sub-standard) serves this function. Once long ago in the Army, I heard a sergeant address us privates as "youse mens" (one notch below substandard).
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