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Re: Yous, (Youse?) Ireland and New York

Posted by ESC on May 09, 2003

In Reply to: Yous, (Youse?) Ireland and New York posted by Word Camel on May 09, 2003

: I was at the local diner last night where I was talking to a waitress who was using the word "yous" as a sort of plural form of "you". "I didn't know yous was coming in tonight." The only other people, besides New Yorkers, I have heard use this are Irish friends from the UK. (I'm pretty sure it comes from Irish immigrants in NY) So I'm wondering, could this be an archaic plural for of "you", or is it just quirky and wrong?

Somewhere I've seen a discussion about all the variations of "you" but I can't remember where. Don't ya'll hate when that happens? I'll try to find it and post again.