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The Queen of Sheeeba
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May 2013
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The Queen of Sheeeba [userpic]
We wuz twakin' ova cawfee.

Where the hell did yinz come from? Y'all= you all. Yous= plural you. Yinz= you in here plural? You, I 'n themz?


Gah, we say it. I think mostly in a mocking tone but it would be about the same as y'all. Which we say not-mockingly. "What're yinz doin'?" could also be "what're y'all doin'?"

I suspect it's a corruption of "You-uns." Which itself is a corruption of "You ones."

Having been raised in the Metro NY area, but having a Southern mom, I'm familiar with both "youse" and "y'all." Yinz, however, I'm only recently acquainted with, and it sounds very strange to me; almost like it's a forced corruption. It just doesn't flow as nicely.

This is what I came in to say. But of COURSE Dave beat me to it. :p