<Whatcha Might Not Know are Wednesday posts that are just that…something quick that you may or may not know about me, my family, my neighborhood, my city, my world, etc.>
Most of you know that I’ve lived in both Nashville and Birmingham. Down in the south. And some of you make fun of me for my constant use of “y’all”. But here is why it’s completely ingrained into my vocabulary.
When we moved to Birmingham, I became a Corporate Trainer for a large bank. And although I had already been in Training and Development in Nashville, I’d have to say that the expectations were much higher with the Birmingham job and I was observed much more. Immediately I was given the feedback that my use of the “northern” phrase “you guys” was extremely offensive to women. What? Seriously? Apparently so. I received constant feedback on changing “you guys” to “y’all” and after three years, it stuck.
I’ve tried changing it now that I’m not in the south, but just can’t. “You guys”, “You”, “All of you” and “You all” just won’t flow anymore. So “y’all” are just going to have to put up with it.
Y’all hear me out there?