Heard: "I'm on _your guys's_ side." [NT]

James Harbeck jharbeck at SYMPATICO.CA
Sun Apr 14 22:24:28 UTC 2013

I'm used to "your guys's" in lower-level colloquial use in Canada. It's useful when the person wishes to be clear that it's the whole set of people and not just one. I don't use it myself, but I can hear it from people in service occupations and similiar ordinary-level positions.

James Harbeck.

On 2013-04-11, at 7:00 PM, Benjamin Barrett wrote:

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> "your guys's side" gets 60 hits on Google. I don't personally see anything wrong or odd about it. I guess you could say "y'all's side," but that doesn't work in my dialect....
> Benjamin Barrett
> Seattle, WA
> On Apr 11, 2013, at 3:49 PM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at gmail.com> wrote:
>> As opposed to the simpler, "on _your_ side." Yes, I know that this
>> phenomenon - or should that be "phenomena"? - isn't new. But, WTF?
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>> -Wilson
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