Canadian ‘new country’ artists fake southern twang and drop ‘y’all’s into their songs, as if they were Southerners; Albertan country singer Carolyn Dawn Johnson, popular about two decades back, was one of the worst offenders in this regard. It irked me to no end. What irked me even more, was that no-one called her or others on it; they got away with it.
I can’t imagine a white American non-Southerner getting away with dropping ‘y’all’s casually today, but seems like non-white, non-black, non-Southern minorities get away with ‘y’all’ as if it came naturally to them.
And no-one except Kevin Michael Grace seems to be calling them on it!
Which is strange, because on the prog side, minorities will call each other out over ostensible slights against intersectionality, etc.
But the anti-white prog coalition seems happy to overlook people like AOC, a Hispanic New Yorker, dropping ‘y’all’s as if she were a Southern white or black, to name just one example.
And so now, even up here in Canada, we have the ridiculous cases of East Indian and Asian immigrants using ‘y’all’ as if they naturally say it.
I suppose, if this continues, eventually it will be adopted universally among English-speakers, and then there’ll be the amusing scene of English, Scots, Irish, Aussies and Kiwis even saying ‘y’all’. 🙂
(On a tangent: yes, people who’ve been here any considerable stretch of the last 9 years will notice I use ‘y’all’ a fair bit myself; I swear, it comes natural to me, it isn’t an affectation, but I’m not sure why I do it. I am half-Caribbean, and among my mom’s people there is some degree of usage of the term, especially, oddly enough, with the word ‘all’ in front, so you get the redundant phrase ‘all y’all’. Yeah. My mom never speaks like that, though, but I have cousins, aunts and uncles who do. Perhaps I got it through them, partly, except I drop the redundancy, if so. I have also long been somewhat fond of the ‘you’se’ of my Northern Ireland ancestors on my paternal side, except not quite enough to adopt it myself; it still sounds a bit uneducated and backwoods to me, and I retain enough class prejudices to refrain from using that term, yet somehow I am less inhibited about using ‘y’all’. Oh well! Whatever, as my generation (X) likes to say… 😉 )