May we talk about grammar and y'all???

  My name is Laura, and I am a grammar freak! Actually, grammar and spelling.
I admit it. Please don't judge. I cannot help it. I have tried.
FYI: I only correct first graders. I DO NOT correct anyone else.

I'm not talking about grammar as in "writing your blog like you talk" or typos.
I'm talking about the blatant misuse of the English language. AND spelling-oh, my! 

And, by the way, I use dictionaries and spell-check a lot!
I don't profess to know every grammar rule or how to spell every word but I do my best to find the answers.



I attribute this to my eleventh grade English teacher.
Each time someone spoke incorrectly, that student put a dime into a jar.
Seriously! The 1980's-you could do that then!
At the end of the year, we had a pizza party with our poor grammar loot! 



When you are 16, you try very hard to hold on to every dime you have!
Thus-grammar freak!
May I say I learned a lot in that class?


How do you spell y'all?

I have friends who call me to ask how to spell words or if certain sentences sound okay.
I am happy to help.
This past week, one of my friends saw me write this word-y'all.
She told me we spelled that word differently and asked if her spelling was wrong.
She spelled it like this-ya'll.
I smiled. She knew the answer and asked me to show her why.

So, blogger friends, here it is:
The correct spelling of y'all explained.

Y'all is a word. It's in the dictionary as a contraction. 
It follows the same rules as all other contractions. Except those rule breakers like won't.

1) A contraction starts with two words.
2) Some letters are taken out of the words and substituted with an apostrophe.
3) The two words are put together as one word.

you  +  all
you  +  all
y'     +  all
y'all

Does that make sense?? 

May I tell you how therapeutic that was?? Wow!
Would it offend anyone if I had a little grammar therapy on my blog?
I'm a Southern girl. We don't like to offend, you know.


Amanda at Teaching Maddeness is having a super fun giveaway! 
Check it out here-

Happy Sunday!





31 comments

  1. This post made me smile! I'm so glad I've been spelling "y'all"...correctly on my blog..woohoo!

    Gladys
    http://teachinginhighheels.blogspot.com

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    1. Yay, Gladys! We have a crazy language, for sure! Thank you so much for stopping by!!
      Laura

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  2. You are too funny! Loved it! Thanks for sharing the correct spelling of y'all

    imgoingfirst@gmail.com

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    1. So glad you stopped by! It's nice to have a place to vent every now and then. Oh, grammar...
      Laura

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  3. Haha! This post made me laugh! :)

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    1. I mean, grammar makes me a little crazy...Thanks for stopping by!
      Laura

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  4. LOVE it! It kills me when y'all is misspelled! I always tell people if they don't know how to spell it then they probably shouldn't be using it!

    My biggest grammar gripe is the misuse of the word seen.. I seen that tornado coming over the trailer! I seen her at Walmart yesterday. GRRR!! I can't take it!

    I'm a new follower. Thanks for the laugh today.

    ✪Crystal✪
    Strive to Sparkle

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    1. Ha! Ha! Why do they always interview people who misuse the seen??? That makes me nuts, too! I'm so glad you found my blog!! I'm going to visit yours now!!
      Laura

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  5. I love this post!! I secretly want to do a post on the correct usage of your and you're as well as they're, their, and there. It drives me crazy when people use them incorrectly! Maybe it's because I had an 11th grade English teacher that was also big on correct grammar!
    Vickie
    Mrs. Plant's Press

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    1. Oh, Vickie! I'm all for that!! Support you 100%! That might be a great linky-worst use of grammar...I think I like it!
      Laura

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  6. Living in the south I have had this same conversation several times!! My next biggest pet peeve...would of instead of would have (would've)!!!!!!!

    Amanda

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    1. Yes, Yes!! How would you spell that-would'f?? Seriously?? I believe most people just speak without thinking. Too funny! Thank you for stopping by!
      Laura

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  7. I seriously almost just wrote a post about "ya'll" and "alot"! Thank you so much for this - I seriously cringe when I see these!

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    1. Ha! So funny! I love all these ecards on Pinterest! Maybe we can educate the masses that way!
      Laura

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  8. Love it. I don't mind people using their dialect however they want, but contraction and apostrophe mistakes make me cringe a little:) Hey - even the iphone will auto correct the word y'all!

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    1. How funny! If the iphone can do it, surely real people can do it!! You're right! Big difference between dialect and just poor grammar! Love it!
      Laura

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  9. As a fellow teacher, I must say that I'm desensitized to grammar issues because I'm used to 4th graders. I correct, correct, and correct, but it never seems to sink in! I can't tell if they're lazy or just a little slow on the uptake. Facebook is a whole other story...

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    1. FB makes me crazy! You can tell a lot about a person by reading one post! Ha! Maybe FB should have a poor grammar jar! Thank you for stopping by!
      Laura

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  10. I very much enjoyed this post! As a middle school language arts teacher....I can't help but kick a kick out of grammar mishaps!!! My husband is an attorney and makes me correct him so he won't screw up in the court room! HA!
    Hope your summer has been grand. Back to school in a little over a week!!
    Be well~

    Ann Marie Smith @ Innovative Connections

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    1. Ann Marie, that's funny! At least he's aware enough to seek help! Can you believe we go back Wednesday?? Summer has been too short! I'm thinking Fall Blogger Meet Up-what do you think??
      Laura

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  11. lol. love it. i make corrections in books as i read them, and just can not believe books make it to print w/ typos! and let's not get started on the abc news ap....full of typos all the time! love the story about the grammar jar. we may have to try that in our house when the kiddos get old enough!

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    1. Oh, I'm with you! I don't even like the terms, "gone missing." When did that happen? The grammar jar really worked!! That wonderful teacher would probably be sued for that now! So glad you stopped by!
      Laura

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  12. Ha! Love it. I've seen crafts on pinterest (like Happy Fall Ya'll) and they drive me crazy=)

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    1. Girl, me too! I want to scream, "SPELL CHECK!" Wow, it's everywhere! I'm so glad you stopped by!
      Laura

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  13. I'm giving you the One Lovely Blog award! Stop by my blog to pick it up :)
    Reflections at Recess

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    1. Thank you so much! I appreciate that! On my way to take a look! So glad you stopped by today!
      Laura

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  14. Thank you!! I've always thought that ya'll was wrong and it's wonderful to see it explained. I will proudly continue to use y'all and help educate those that need help with it! Have a great one!!
    Shibahn
    www.landoflearning.wordpress.com

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    1. That is what we need-a band of grammar geeks ready to educate the world!! I love it! Thanks so much for stopping by!
      Laura

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  15. HAHA LOVE!!

    ❤ Sandra
    Sweet Times in First
    sweettimesinfirst@gmail.com

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    1. Makes me crazy, girl! So glad you stopped by!
      Laura

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  16. Yes!Yes!Yes! I could use some help! Laughed out loud!

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