How should I address all of you who read Only in York County?

Over the summer, I’d asked how you address a crowd of people.

Ewe, all?

You all?
You?
Y’all?
Yinz?
Youins?
Yous?

Or something else?

I was surprised that I hadn’t gotten more answers, and I’m really curious about what’s most commonly said in the area, so I’m asking again!

Mark over in Austria did help me out with his answer. “Ya’ll know now I use that a lot… hehe…,” he said.

And newer commenter Brian added one other suggestion I’d missed, “… And the classic ‘you guys’.”

So what do (all of) you think? I use “you guys” a lot, and I’ve certainly been guilty of saying “y’all” and “yous” at times. Don’t hit me.

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My name is Joan and I'm a lifelong Yorker. Throughout high school and college, I swore I was getting out of here as soon as possible. Now, a few years later, I can't think of anywhere I'd rather be. I love my town, and I hear every day from readers who love their towns, too. So please, connect with me and let's share what makes life in York County great. I'm here to help you enjoy this place as much as I do!
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4 Responses to How should I address all of you who read Only in York County?

  1. Melanie says:

    I’d go with ‘y’all’ or, to be totally inclusive, ‘all y’all.’ But then, I’ve been in the South for a long, long time. LOL!

  2. Justin says:

    Personally, I refuse to use “yous”. I go with “you all”.

  3. Tim Smith says:

    “Y’all” and “You all” are loan words from seeing ignorant Southerners on TV. It is not used here by real York County speakers. “Yins”,”yuns” and “youse” are all used and it appears to be somewhat ideosyncratic. Around Dover, I have often heard “yins” as in “How are yins doing” or “What are yins doing for Groundhog Day?” “Yuns” is used similarly and is maybe just a pronounciation variant of yins, as in “Yuns kids better get to bed.” “Youse” seems to be more rare but is generally used the same as yins as in “Youse guys better get going.” It is my sense that yins is used more correctly as a reference to kin, such as uncles, aunts, cousins and them.

  4. pamila dierdorff says:

    Oh, definately yous. I believe it is used when refering to more than one. Such as…What are yous doing tonight after school? Having lived in three locations in York County for all of my 54 years, I have noticed that yous is used extensively here in York County, PA. Having been raised by a former teacher/administrator I was banned from using yous!!!

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