It’s short for “you all,” y’all

The Paula Deen limericks are a scream, but don’t take spelling lessons from the captions. The traditional plural you in Southern U.S. dialect is y’all. It’s short for you all.

See Y’all, the magazine of Southern people. See a Wikipedia entry on y’all. See Y’all Vote. See Read Y’all, a site devoted to literacy in Oklahoma.

Read this blog post for more than you ever wanted to know about y’all. Read my case for y’all.

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