- it says to me that they have no grasp of what they're actually saying
- Also - - why would it be "all'y'all" instead of "all y'all"?
- Or were you joking? I can't tell --;
(I am also sometimes guilty of leaving out or adding punctuation to alter the emotional impact or clarity of my words.) :-P
yuh - you
y'all - you (plural*)
all'y'all - you (plural) and everyone in your (highly contextual) category or other larger grouping
* It may sometimes appear that "y'all" is being directed at a single person. This is not so. Rather, the speaker is warmly including others who may not be immediately present, such as loved ones, peers, or the people outside waiting in your car.
crossly-posted from another thread