On Sun, 15 Aug 1999, BP Jonsson wrote: > Isn't it the case that <you guys> is tainted by the fact that "guy" (a) is > a noun, and (b) is of primarily masculine reference, while these problems > don't attach to "you all"? When I grasp for a 2.pl. pron. when writing > English I usually use "you all", which might have to do with the fact that > in Swedish _allihop_ "all together -- lit. 'all in a crowd!'" is often used > to clarify that an imperative is directed to several people. I can also > more easily imagine something like "youl" or "yall" be adopted as a written > form (to begin with surely as an informal phenomenon), than "youguys". > "You guys" could be compared with how Dutch has developed a new second person plural pronoun, "jullie", from the equivalent of "you people". > > - andrew. -- Andrew Smith, Intheologus [log in to unmask] Jesus is working out his salvation; he is about halfway there.