"Who-all" and "what-all" (and a Southern Illinois side note)

Douglas Bigham TlhovwI at AOL.COM
Sat Jul 31 05:30:05 UTC 2004

I concur.  Olly olly oxen free.

And on a side note... SoILers (Egyptians?), what-all, or where-all, are
you-all *including* as Southern Illinois?  I only include the bottom 16 counties.


In a message dated 7/30/2004 4:00:51 PM Central Standard Time,
preston at MSU.EDU writes:
Hmmmm! In my southern Illinois ute, we said

olly, olly oxen free

I suspect the oxen is just a spelling variant, but we really did say
"olly," homophonous with "Ollie," definitely not "ally," at least if
that first vowel is meant to be that of "all" (for those who
distinguish the two, that is, as all from southern Illinois do.


Douglas S. Bigham
Department of Linguistics
University of Texas - Austin

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