What are youse guys doin '?. Expressing plural you in English. Historical perspective. subjectobjectpossessivepossessive determinerpronoun thou theethy thine youyouyouryours. Why did thou disappear?. 16 th /17 th century :
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Expressing plural you in English
shift towards French T-V (tu−vous) system
you: showed respect
thou/thee: expressed familiarity, but also contempt and superiority
“Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou, Romeo?”
(Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare)
“…Hallowed be thy name.
…thine is the kingdom…”
(The Lord’s Prayer: King James Version)
“I’ll see thee then” /sɪ ðɪ/
(Fred Trueman, Yorkshire cricketer)
“Watching the people get lairy
It’s not very pretty, I tell thee.”
(‘I Predict a Riot’, Kaiser Chiefs: 2004)
“Hi! I’m going to go out and have a bite to eat, would you like to come along?”
(Languages, literature and the pursuit of dreams, Olle Linge: http://www.snigel.nu/?p=7239)
You as plural form, while correct, is never used, here, ever. It is ALWAYS modified to you all, y’all, or some such. The girl would def think u meant just her! :)
you guysyou two you bothyou all
More synthesized forms:
yous youse youz ye yinz y’all
The increasing acceptability of you all in the southern US, and the spread of yous in Britain… suggests that, in future, the singular-plural distinction may even be restored to Standard English.
(Beal 2004: 71)
you guys, you people, you folk(s), you girls, you ladies, you men, you boys
you lot, you all
yous(e)/youz(e) and y’all/yall
1990−94 US 1990−94 UK
1995−99 US1995−99 UK
2000−04 US 2000−04 UK
2005−09 US 2005−09 UK
At the end of the game, the tannoy announcer boomed out, `We are proud of you all".
"As you all know, this is a challenge," Jennings wrote in an e-mail to staffers released by ABC.
So I have decided to step down at the end of the season at a time when, thanks to you guys, the viewing figures have never been higher.
I love working with you guys. (UK 00-04)
You guys are great. (US 05-09)
‘Listen you guys,' she said. ‘I'll tell you everything you want, just give me time to speak.' (UK 00-04)
That meant periodically being tough on our own staff and saying, 'Look, you guys, we want to constantly be challenging ourselves…’
You guys and gals are forever asking us what we want.
“You guys seem a little young to be married," he said, sitting down again. "That's what our parents said." Wendy took John's hand and smiled up at him.
How many times do we have to tell you people!? (US 05-09)
“I can't work with you people," Zoe said. (US 05-09)
“Why can't you people leave me alone?" he says. (UK 05-09)
"What a killer crowd out there," he later said before playing 'Tarantula'. "You people are amazing! This is the best festival in the world!" (UK 05-09)
Overall, the nation's preferences run instead to phrases like “alienated youth," “ghetto kids," “them,” or “you people," and in more hateful moments, “punks," “wolf packs," “welfare queens," ...”
[Student examples of racism include] referring to others as ‘you people’. (US 95-99)
…the racial animus was less equivocal in the messages posted to the union's website by irate citizens denouncing the strikers as "you people" and "monkeys." (US 05-09)
And the independent candidate Ross Perot alienated Black supporters by referring to them as “you people” at a campaign rally.
‘Indians commonly use you people when they want to address more than one person. They do not realize the belittling, racial connotations that it carries with it -- for them it is a simple translation of [the Hindi] aap log or tum log.’
(Language in India: Jason Baldridge, 2002)
“But I grew up in Georgia," he adds, as if to avoid that very issue. “You don't have an accent," she objects.
He smiles and drawls, “Would y'all li-i-ke some i-i-ce in your w-i-i-ne?”(US 90-94)
To John Kerry, on how to win the election:
DO: Talk straight to the gun-loving Bible freaks in the South, whom you apparently have to appeal to in order to win the presidency. Try to use the word y'all as in, “Salutations, y'all.”
Is this y'all's car?
Is this ally'all's favorite color?
(About.com: How to use y’all correctly)
Madam Governor, y'all seem like a reasonable bitch, an 'a stone-col 'playa, as well. (US 00-04)
Despite the assurance of some emails that have been passing around, y'allis plural. Only an absolute idiot would use it as a singular pronoun.
"Are y'all going to the movies?"
"Are all y'all going to the movies?"
“God, Belle, youse'll have to dress up," Alice MacKechnie said.
Are youse leaving, Ned? (US 90-94)
“God, it looked better in the dark,” said Mrs Looney. “Will youse stop complaining!” said Looney.
Yeah, the cops put you through all kindsa hell. They'll beat yous up just for still standing on the block two minutes after they told yous to go away ...
I'm playing tennis outdoors, what are youse guys doin’?
And youse lot expect me to take you seriously.
Said Woods: "Really, I couldn't care less. For me the big issue is getting the ball in the hole. I'm sure this is a good story-line for you guys, but I look at it and say […. etc.]”
"How many of you guys are single?" (UK 05-09)
“Diverse as your backgrounds may be, you all now have one thing in common: You are all Americans," (US 05-09)
The sooner we're done with all you people, the better.(US 05-09)
I take it you folks all know each other.
Thinking of all of youse and missing you very much. (UK 00-04)
But then came the giveaway. He called us “you guys". No one could imitate Blair's “you guys" in that all-mates-together tone.