English no longer draws a distinction between its second person pronouns — not officially anyway — yet we keep trying to draw it back.
When I lived in Austin, I was informed that “y’all” was actually singular or at least ambiguous about whether it was addressed to one or more persons, and that the plural was “all y’all”.
Remember the Sound of music - the Julie Andres song so long, adieu, auf wiedersehen, goodbye - and the - you, and you, and you - Just came to think of it :-)
Haha now that is a great title!
I just imagine someone suggesting "he"as the gender-neutral pronoun with that historical backing...
I use "y'all" verbally and in my professional writing for it is clear and concise.
No mention of "you lot" or "you guys"?
Lori that’s what I was told, too. Y’all singular, all y’all plural
Another great episode!
I have a question that has been in my head for a while:
Why did "for" end up with the pronunciation /fɚ/ while "four" retained the pronunciation /for/? Is this a new development?
The "Walking in the Light" song sounds a lot like "Lord of the Dance" by Sydney Carter, which is a song I learned in an Anglican school. I wonder if there's a relation since the latter seems to have been based on an old Shaker song.