MacNeil-Lehrer News Hr

J. Eulenberg eulenbrg at U.WASHINGTON.EDU
Mon Jan 26 19:35:49 UTC 2004

I think the divisions did get drawn before, to some extent.  I'm from
Dallas, and we never said "ya'll.  I started part of this discussion
months ago by trying to determine where the divisions lay in Kentucky and
discovered that ya'll and its derivatives was only the beginning.  Anyway,
in my section of Dallas, we said you'all, and it was always plural.  That
was in the 1950s and early 1960s.

And thanks for clearing up my mistake about the newsmen's origins!

Julia Niebuhr Eulenberg <eulenbrg at>

On Mon, 26 Jan 2004, Beverly Flanigan wrote:

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> Whether he's Texan or Oklahoman, his use of "you all" rather than "yall" is
> interesting (I agree with Matt Gordon that he never says "yall").  Does
> Southern "yall" become "you all" west of the Mississippi?  I believe
> Bethany has the full form too, right?  And Dan Rather does too, I think
> (from Houston, as I recall).  Maybe we've drawn these divisions
> before.  The same thing happens north of the Ohio, as in SE Ohio, where
> just yesterday I heard a local announcer address the listening audience as
> "you all."
> At 06:51 AM 1/26/2004 -0500, you wrote:
> >I though Lehrer was an Oklahoman; perhaps transplanted?
> >
> >dInIs
> >
> >>McNeil hasn't been on the McNeil-Lehrer News Hour for 10 or more years.  It
> >>has been the Lehrer News Hour for at least that long. The speaker was indeed
> >>Lehrer; not a Canadian, but rather a North Carolinian.
> >>Jim Stalker
> >>
> >>
> >>David Bergdahl <einstein at FROGNET.NET> said:
> >>
> >>>  It was MacNeil (Of McN-L) that was a Canadian Scot.

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