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W’all

pronoun; analogy
we all
 
The term w’all is an abbreviation of the two words ‘we’ and ‘all’ and is the first person plural form of the analogous word ‘y’all.’ The term draws from Southern variations of American English, in which ‘y’all’ has become a common abbreviation as an informal way to express the second person plural form of ‘you.’ The user created the word ‘w’all’ in order to shorten his statement while still fully communicating his meaning. In addition, the user, who had grown up in the Northern region of the United States, created the word in jest to parody and jokingly mock those who spoke with a local southern accent.
Etymology : W’all is an abbreviation based on American English patterns. However, the original words, ‘we’ and ‘all,’ are based in Old English (from Online Etymology Dictionary).
Source : “W’all are leaving in ten minutes for Rice Village.” –conversation with a friend
Last modified: 3 December 2011


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