Roger Mills wrote: >> I'd still like to know where this is. I have yet to hear it >> anywhere in the South, and this is the first reference I've >> heard to it in the South. > > I should perhaps review the thread :-)) I thought someone had > reported it from North Carolina; also from Canada-- anyway, > places where the early Scots-Irish went (protestants). If they did, I figure it must be a rarity. FWIW there are a lot os New Yorkers moving to the coastal areas of the South, not just S. Florida. >>> Specifically in NYC...(snip) (and >> What few references I've ever seen or heard in the US have been >> NYC, and I have to say those have all been from TV or film. I >> really can't recall any Americans that I've personally spoken >> with using it. > > Nor I, except that sergeant in 1956 (he would have been probably > in his 30s, maybe early 40s). It's possible he was pulling a > Jimmy Cagney tough-guy act on us, but who knows. I can say I've even heard it in 60's or 70's films, but again it wasn't very often and usually a way of indicating someone was blue-collar. > If "youse" was ever at all widespread in the Eastern cities, it's > probably been educated out of existence by now (and/or laughed > out of existence). That's could very well be. > This would have been an interesting/amusing topic for the late > William Safire, or the "Language Hat" or "Language Log" sites > (how does one submit a question?). It needs the input of people > even older than me, or of researchers into American dialects. (Is > there perchance a Wikipedia article on English usages? I don't > often check there.) There are quite a few articles there. Even one on California English though as a native of the area I can probably pick some of it apart.