First off, in case you missed it yesterday, I am doing a GIVEAWAY of a free copy of Tawne Fenske’s Fiancee For Hire! So much awesome hilarity. Just go comment on yesterday’s post for a chance to win!
Now, since I’m working my way toward the release of the first full novel in my Southern contemporary romance Wishful series (which you’ve technically already had a chance to peek at through Be Careful, It’s My Heart and Once Upon A Coffee), I thought I’d start a new blog feature where I talk about Southern stuff. I am, myself, very very Deep South. It’s something I take for granted and don’t think about until I’m chatting with folks from other parts of the country or world and say something to which they’re like “Huh???” Since this series is going to very much…well, wallow in that, I want to start educating about it. This is likely to bounce all over the place from colloquialisms to food to other cultural stuff, and I feel it’s important to kick things off with a lesson on the correct use of “y’all.”
1. Spelling. The word is a contraction of “you” and “all”, ergo the correct spelling is “y’all”, never “ya’ll”.
I see this improperly spelled all over the place, and it drives me bananas.
That’s it. Short. Sweet. Straightforward. And completely gender neutral.
Don’t forget to stop by yesterday’s post to comment for a chance to win a free copy of Tawne Fenske’s Fiancee For Hire!