Monday, January 07, 2008

Y'all and Ya'll....

Obviously, I am stretching for something to blog about. A few nights ago I laid in bed thinking about my blog. (obviously, I couldn't sleep either) I was thinking that I have a lot of bad habits when it comes to blogging. First, it occurred to me that I use the word "ya'll" a lot. I am from East Texas, so that should be expected. (The fact that I was born in a northern state has no baring on the situation at all)

Anyway, I then began to wonder if I was spelling "ya'll" the same in every context. Such as should it be "y'all" as in "you all" and "ya'll" as in y'all will". Is that clear as mud? I was starting to get a migraine from this very deep thinking, and I then decided that I would need to look up that information in the morning. So, two days later I googled it. Y'all would not believe all of the discussions I found on the subject of "y'all" and "ya'll". I'm serious, you would think the security of our country depended on whether or not it is even a word, and if it is used in the right context. Obviously, people need a life. Either that or they are just as hard up for blogging fodder as I am.

I also have a bad habit of putting my "side thoughts" in parentheses, and I use run on sentences a lot. Aside from punctuation and grammatical errors I think I am ok.

I just noticed that I use the word "obviously" a lot too. :-) Please forgive me.


Wendy Darling


Julie said...

Of course, the possessive of y'all is y'all's.

How do you like that?! Ever used 2 apostrophes in one word?

Joanna said...

So what's wrong with that (is that a bad thing)? :D

The Thomasons said...

(I also use parentheses and exclamation marks excessively in my writing!!!!)

As a native Californian who had never heard the word before, I also use the word "y'all" a lot now that I am a Texan. I absolutely REFUSE to say, though, "I'm fixin' to ...." That one is just wrong! LOL!

OK, Zack and I are working on contractions today. Although the word "y'all" is not part of his curriculum, I would have to say that "y'all" is a contraction for "you" and "all". That would make the word spelled "y'all".

My two cents worth!

Now I have a migraine, too!!!!