Lately, I have been thinking about the word y’all more than should really be necessary for any person. I live in a place where y’all is used pretty often and I grew up in a place where y’all is used rarely, if at all. Since living here, I have been paying more and more attention to the y’all.
What do we use in Indiana when we are trying to talk to or refer to a group of people? All I could come up with was that we say “you guys”. When you think about it. Really stop and think about it. “You guys!?!?!?!?!” Ew. That just sounds ridiculous and almost crass. Maybe we use “everyone”, I would like to give the benefit of the doubt to this subject. However, in reality I am fairly certain it is most often “you guys”.
So, I consciously decided that for the sake of conversation and fitting in, I should probably add “y’all” to my vocabulary. The first times I used it, I felt like a total fraud. Like people would KNOW that I am not a girl who uses “y’all”. (Shhhh, I know that this is ridiculous and if you are development person that there is a whole lot of ego-centrism in that thought process.) But, I am going to keep using it because it sounds more friendly and local than any other phrasing.
PS. Drat. The whole time I was typing this, I was spelling y’all as ya’ll. FRAUD. Thank goodness for google.