Do any of yous even look at this any more?

If you even ever did.

I ask, because Miss Hampshire left the dinner table at school today with the words, “See yous later.” She’s a local(ish) lass, and I’m increasingly hearing that 2nd person plural pronoun, but I’m pretty sure it’s not a long-standing South Yorkshire dialect feature.

Do you use it? Do you think you’ve always used it? If not, where do you think you picked it up from? In what contexts would you not use it (if any)?

Come on – prove me wrong and whack a comment in . But don’t forget to keep an eye on the google site for your subject/year (links a couple of posts down).

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9 Responses to Do any of yous even look at this any more?

  1. Sophie says:

    yep thats something i defiantly do use if im saying bye to more than one person….its quite a bad habit ive gotten into actually. i reckon that you pick it up at school maybe rather than singling out one person in a group and saying see you later, saying see yous later is just more general, a way of saying bye to everyone.

  2. Mr Heald says:

    Why do you think of it as a bad habit?

    And are you aware that ‘gotten’ is now non-standard for British English? Do you use that form of the past participle of ‘get’ completely un-self-consciously?

    This kind of observation is exactly the kind of stuff you might want to consider looking at for your ENB4 investigation if you carry on the subject at A2. I’d be really interested to know just how widespread the second person plural pronoun is locally, and what patterns of usage there might be according to age, social background, and so on.

    Do any of you use it in writing as well as speech? If so, how do you spell it? I wrote it as ‘yous’ but I’ve also seen it spelt (spelled?) ‘youse’.

  3. Sophie says:

    its a bad habit because im trying not to use abbriviations like ‘yous’ as i want to be a primary school teacher so its not setting a good example really so im trying to get out of the habit sooner rather than later 🙂

    i would spell it yous…that other one i read as house but starting with a y

    don’t think i use the gotten one…or if i do i’m not aware of it!

  4. Mr Heald says:

    Obviously you aren’t aware of it! Look again: you used ‘gotten’ in your first comment.

    Of course ‘yous’, from one point of view is an improvement. We have singular and plural pronouns in the first person (I > we; me >us; mine > ours, etc) and the third person (he, she, it > they; him, her, it > them; his, hers, its > theirs, etc), whereas standard English only has ‘you’ and ‘yours’ regardless of the grammatical context.

    Of course there used to be singular ‘thou’, ‘thee’ and ‘thine’ and plural ‘you’, ‘ye’ and ‘yours’ but we’ve lost that distinction (except in some dialects). So ‘yous’ is just filling a morphological gap, and is thus linguistically respectable and beneficial, though not socially OK where standard English is expected (eg as a primary teacher!).

  5. Elizabeth says:

    i use ‘yous’ when saying something like….’hi guys…..yous lot okay?’ id say its more from a social group, influenced by people at school rather than from anywhere else…..
    although id probably spell it ..you’s…..which thinking about it is completely wrong….it doesnt stand for anything and isn’t owned! 😐

  6. miss hampshire says:

    hi, its just me, miss hampshire, just making you aware that you’ve made a small spelling error in your opening paragraph…’diealect’ unfortunatly is spelt ‘dialect’

  7. Mr Heald says:

    ‘Unfortunatly’, unfortunately, is spelt ‘unfortunately’.

    And ‘its’ (in that context) is spelt ‘it’s’.

    I’m prepared to overlook the non-standard capitalisation for now.

    Touché!

  8. Sophie says:

    Letting the side down Miss Hampshire(!!!!) haha

  9. Mark and Sean says:

    Miss Hampshire, yoo shud no betta!
    Spelin and grama is apalin.

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