So, in my lone attempt to remedy America of its mis-punctuation of the word, I will reiterate what we all should have learned in elementary school:
A contraction is a shortening of a word, syllable, or word group by omission of a sound or letter(s). In a contraction, the apostrophe is placed where the omitted letters would be.Now, I realize that "y'all" wasn't one of the contractions we were taught, because it is a colloquialism, not "proper" English, but it should still obey the rules. (The blogger.com spell check seems to know this, as every time I type "ya'll," it underlines it in red, but lets "y'all" go unchallenged. So kudos to their spell-checking software!) Anyway, please put the apostrophe in its proper place. You wouldn't write "wa'snt" or "d'idnt." So d'ont (ha!) just go placing it willy-nilly in "y'all."
Oh, and surprise, surprise to all those (and there are a lot of you) who think all southerners are dumb rednecks: Some of us are educated rednecks. ;)
Thank y'all for reading. Y'all come back now, ya hear?