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Old Jun 29th 2014, 11:52 am
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The UK doesn't have "y'all", or any equivalent; how do they manage?

I could revert to most British idiom and pronunciation fairly easily if I returned to the UK, but I suspect that "y'all" would be hard to drop for lack of an equivalent.

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Default Re: Language Differences between USA and UK

Originally Posted by Pulaski
The UK doesn't have "y'all", or any equivalent; how do they manage?

I could revert to most British idiom and pronunciation fairly easily if I returned to the UK, but I suspect that "y'all" would be hard to drop for lack of a replacement.
I use American when in England just to annoy folks.
Y'all
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Old Jun 29th 2014, 3:11 pm
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Originally Posted by robin1234
wicked hot
Quiche.

(Ja'mie).
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Originally Posted by Sally Redux
Quiche.

(Ja'mie).
Come on!

"Real men don't eat quiche".
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Originally Posted by bigglesworth
Come on!

"Real men don't eat quiche".
There's hot and then there's quiche.
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Old Jun 29th 2014, 6:49 pm
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Originally Posted by Pulaski
The UK doesn't have "y'all", or any equivalent; how do they manage?
The equivalent phrase is " Aal ye buggars".

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Old Jul 2nd 2014, 2:17 pm
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Originally Posted by robin1234
I use American when in England just to annoy folks.
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The only time I use "you guys" is when I address my dogs. Collectively, they are "you guys!". I haven't yet come up with a British equivalent unfortunately.
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Old Jul 2nd 2014, 3:37 pm
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Originally Posted by windsong
The only time I use "you guys" is when I address my dogs. Collectively, they are "you guys!". I haven't yet come up with a British equivalent unfortunately.
"yous" is the nearest equivalent I can think of. But I think that it is a bit dialect restrictive.
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Originally Posted by kimilseung
"yous" is the nearest equivalent I can think of. But I think that it is a bit dialect restrictive.
I think the problem with English is that it has dropped the second person singular form of verbs, again with a few regional dialectical exceptions (notably in Yarkshire) leaving "you" as singular and plural, but it is so often used as singular pronoun that an apparent vacuum has developed that has been filled in regional dialects by "y'all", "yous", "you uns"/ "y'uns", etc., but without an "approved" standard word to fill the gap.

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Old Jul 2nd 2014, 5:10 pm
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My Englishman stumped me the first time he told me to be careful when turning left by the "central reservation on the dual carriageway" (we were in the car), and it took me awhile to realize he was talking about the "median" in the highway. It also annoys him when I call a tissue a "Kleenex," but thinks it's perfectly fine to "Hoover" instead of vacuum...
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Originally Posted by kimilseung
"yous" is the nearest equivalent I can think of. But I think that it is a bit dialect restrictive.
You all.

You lot.
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Old Jul 2nd 2014, 5:31 pm
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Originally Posted by Pearlgirl
My Englishman ...
You realize you can't own an Englishman, at least not a genuine one, don't you?
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You realize you can't own an Englishman, at least not a genuine one, don't you?
Oh come on. You're owned. I'm owned. Just go with the flow.
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Oh come on. You're owned. I'm owned. Just go with the flow.
But surely that would mean one could buy "first prize in the lottery of life".

That can't be right.
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Originally Posted by bigglesworth
But surely that would mean one could buy "first prize in the lottery of life".

That can't be right.
You can buy everything, in America. Or so I've heard.
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