antedating of "y'all"

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Wed Mar 6 21:19:59 UTC 2013

JL wrote:
> OED: 1877  ("you all": 1824)
> 1874 "Moses Adams" [George William Bagby] _What I Did with My Fifty
> Millions _ (Phila.: Lippincott) 118: "Did y'all know Woody Latham?" said I.
> (The ADS Archives seem not to be working for me. Sorry of this turns out to
> be gratuitous.)

That is an excellent antedating. The industrious and hyper-skilled
Barry Popik also examined this question and discovered some even
earlier impressive evidence. Here is a link for y'all

The American Dialect Society -

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