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Y'all, it’s time to start saying “y'all.” It’s the only gender-neutral second-person plural pronoun we’ve got—and the anti-Southern prejudices that have halted its spread are starting to soften.

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  • I love the nuance of this debate, and this piece. But to bring an international (well, English) perspective, no one speaking British English (or British-accented English) ever uses y'all—at least in my hearing. It's not part of the dialect. We do use 'you guys' a lot, and I'm inclined to side with those

    I love the nuance of this debate, and this piece. But to bring an international (well, English) perspective, no one speaking British English (or British-accented English) ever uses y'all—at least in my hearing. It's not part of the dialect. We do use 'you guys' a lot, and I'm inclined to side with those who think usage is changing the meaning. In the UK, 'guy' is rarely used in the singular, but very often in the plural: you guys, hi guys, etc. As a feminist, I don't have a problem with it because I think it's become a dialect word meaning 'people.' Having said that, I'd also support a whole new neutral alternative, like they have in Sweden!

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