Before I published my first post on this here blog, I asked my friend Jen to look it over. She wrote back that all looked good, but because she knows I wouldn’t want to publish it with an error, she pointed out that the apostrophe is after the “y” in “y’all” not after the “a” as I had written it. I thanked her and made the correction, relieved that that glaring mistake had not appeared on my blog.
Several days later, I read this blog on the correct spelling of “y’all” and I wondered, could I possibly still be making the same mistake? Surely not. But just to be sure, I went back and checked all of my blog posts. I hadn’t made that mistake once. I had made it in three different posts.
There was nothing I could do about the people who had already seen it and noticed (I haven’t perfected a memory charm yet), so I corrected it and tamped down my embarrassment. But thanks to Jen’s explanation (twice), I will now remember the rule: Y’all is a contraction for “you all” so the apostrophe goes between the “y” and the “all”.
We all know how I am about spelling rules. Once it’s drilled in my head, it stays with me forever, even if it is wrong for a particular word, like weird. So now I have it. No worries. Y’all will never again be an issue for me.
Well it’s a darn good thing I have a graduate science degree because it protects me from people thinking I’m an idiot even when I do “airheady” things. Yesterday I wrote a “hey y’all” sort of post on Facebook. After I got my first comment (coincidentally from Jen — and thanks Jen for not pointing out that I am uneducable), I noticed that there in my excited post had crept my second spelling nemesis: YA’LL! Eeeek.
Score a point for y’all, but this battle ain’t over yet.
By the way, what is ain’t a contraction for?