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Old 11-12-2005, 06:17 PM   #46  
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Nothing wrong with, y'all... it fixes a defect in English where we can't distinguish plural... most other languages DO have a different singular & plural form of the 'YOU' word...

Like 'Je' and 'Jullie' in Dutch... (ik heb 't begrypt, Brian! Dag!)
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Old 11-12-2005, 08:39 PM   #47  
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Texans use y'all a lot, also all y'all which I never quite understood.

We use howdy as a replacement for hello. Many think it is short for "how are you?," but we really don't care when we say howdy.

We also use folks as a replacement for the word people. Folks don't necessarily have to be good people, just people.
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Old 11-12-2005, 10:37 PM   #48  
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We use all these words, including all y'all (which I have personally used and seemed to make sense at the time). A lot of these are strictly Southern, which I found out in my last job, which had a lot of travel.

My favorite memory on the language thing was at a northern airport. I told my boss "it looks like its fixin to rain". A lady sitting nearby asked me what I said, so I repeated the remark. She said, "I heard that, but what does it mean?". That shocked me - didn't realize that was Southern.

We have probably gotten off topic here, but it has been interesting and fun.
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Old 11-13-2005, 11:27 AM   #49  
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Texans use y'all a lot, also all y'all which I never quite understood.

We use howdy as a replacement for hello. Many think it is short for "how are you?," but we really don't care when we say howdy.

We also use folks as a replacement for the word people. Folks don't necessarily have to be good people, just people.
"all y'all" does seem redundant, kinda like a double negative although it's not logically wrong...

I thought 'howdy' was derived from "HOW Do You do?"... like goodbye derives from "GOD Be With YE"... (via con Dios). Wonder if 'hello' has a similar history...

Folks derives from the Germanic word 'Volk' (people) as in Volkswagen.

Had an amusing discussion with a German linguist while lifting a few, she talked about how almost all the 'naughty' words in English are direct imports from German...

What I really find amusing are colloquialisms, those colorful little phrases that often don't really mean what is said... There was a TV show in France that laughed at the faux pas related to these sayings when translated between French & English... And there's a great section in Mark Twain's "Innocents Abroad" where a French & English prostitute have a contest over which language is the better to swear in...

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"How are you?" or "How do you do?" either way. My point is outside of Texas if I say howdy to people they answer as though I said "How are you?" or "How do you do?" they start telling me how they are and we really don't care. It's just a salutation.

Outside of Texas the word folks tends to have an endering connotation. It has no such connotation in Texas, folks are just people like the volks in German. A couple of years ago I remember the president referring to the terrorists as "folks" and Hellen Thomas going nuts over it. That is the typical reaction outside of Texas.

Of course since there has been such an influx of people to Houston, we are losing some of this, but as soon as you get out of the big city, people talk right again.

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Just remembered an incident in England that was one of those collisions of colloquialisms...

As we use the expression "to call up someone" when phoning, they use the expression "to knock up someone" when going visiting... I literally fell off the chair laughing when my English friend suggested we should "go knock up her girlfriend"! Of course, it means "to impregnate" in American...
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Neither vote is final since there are differences that must be resolved before both the House and the Senate pass a common bill which then has to be signed by the President before it can become law.

BTW, the House Budget Committee cannot pass legislation. It can only make recommendations to the House. The "bill" that they voted on must now be submitted to the 435-member House, where it can be voted on "as is" or amended before being voted on.
The House of Representatives on Friday backed a plan to require TV broadcasters to switch to all-digital transmissions by December 2008, which is three months earlier than they would under provisions of a Senate bill, according to a story by The Associated Press.

As part of a sweeping budget bill, the House also voted to set aside $830 million to help millions of Americans with older, analog TV sets pay for converter boxes so they'll continue to get service in the digital era. Now it's up to House and Senate negotiators to work out differences between the two bills.

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In England and Scotland the use the word "fag" to mean cigarette. I have a friend who was married to a Scotsman and she took him to a Rockets basketball game. Since there is no smoking in the arena, he hadn't had a cigarette for several hours. On the way out of the arena he told her, "I'm glad that's over... I'm just dying to suck a fag!"
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