It took me nearly three years to start using "y'all" regularly, primarily - at least at first - because I thought doing so would make me sound like an impostor. My Wisconsin roots become apparent as soon as I speak, so I worried that throwing around Southern phrases in my Midwestern accent might give others the impression I was trying to be something I wasn't.
After our first two years in Texas I grew out of that worry, figuring that I'd lived here long enough to start trying out bits and pieces of the local vernacular. I tossed out a "howdy" every now and again, and it felt so good that I decided "y'all" should make an occasional appearance as well. Except I couldn't quite figure out how and when to use it correctly.
|Hopefully it's used correctly here...|
While searching for additional "y'all" tutorials and pictures, I came across a few tutorials and pictures that referenced other common Southern/Texas phrases. I'll be the first to admit that when we moved to Texas I strongly disliked using, asking my children to use, and being referred to as "ma'am" (and "sir"). Three years later, "yes ma'am" and "no sir" - and all they stand for - have become one of my absolute favorite parts about living in Texas.
And finally, this. I love this. Sometimes it's just the only response that'll do.