Beeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep! The following is a Writer’s Service Announcement.
Okay, I have seen this often enough lately in my reading that I feel compelled to post about it. There are two very important things that anyone writing about the South needs to know:
1. “Y’all” is a contraction of the words “you” and “all”. Therefore, it is spelled “y’all”. Never “ya’ll”. This is blatantly incorrect and immediately marks you as definitely not a southerner and makes you look ignorant to boot.
2. “Y’all” is never singular. The book I picked up this morning had the heroine saying “What? Ya’ll don’t recognize your own sister?” to her brother, who was the only other person present. See, both rules broken at once. It looks and sounds ridiculous. This author has immediately lost credibility for this southerner. “Y’all” is PLURAL. You all implies at least 2 people and does not function in the same fashion as the royal “we”.
Thank you. This has been a Writer’s Service Announcement brought to you by A Field of Paper Flowers.