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  •  Thanks for this. (10+ / 0-)

    One of the impolite things which really bugs me these days is something which English speakers don't have to worry about. As in French, in my language the polite form is the second person plural (vous/You).

    People under 30 usually won't use it no matter the relationship between you. "Whaddya want?" I'm sorry? Have we got drunk in the gutter together and I've forgotten about it? What do You want?

    Iuris praecepta sunt haec: Honeste vivere, alterum non laedere, suum cuique tribuere. - Ulpian, Digestae 1, 3

    by Dauphin on Wed Mar 02, 2011 at 08:53:09 AM PST

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      When you say people under 30 won't use the 2nd person plural, what do they use instead?

      The problem we have in standard English is the lack of a clear distinction between 2nd person singular and 2nd person plural: both are "you."   However there is the (conventionally Southern) "y'all," for 2nd person plural (contraction of "you all": all of you, plural).  I use that all the time despite being a Northerner all my life: it's the most sensible solution for differentiating 2nd person plural.  

      (I also use some Canadian, UK, and Australian English where it's useful, and various archaisms from the past, and subcultural slang for example the punk rock "yo" (2nd person form of address used in place of a proper name) and non-genderized "dude."  Our culture is all kinds of mongrelized, so why not?)

      We ought to adopt "y'all" as standard English nationwide.  

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