The owner of a golf course in Georgia was confused about paying an invoice, so he decided to ask his secretary for some mathematical help. He called her into his office and said, "Y'all graduated from the University of Georgia and I need some help. If I wuz to give yew $20,000, minus 14%, how much would you take off?"

The secretary thought a moment, and then replied, "Everthang but my earrings.""



  1. For what it’s worth, in American Southern dialect, the word “y’all” invariably means “you” in the plural sense to distinguish it from “you” in the singular sense. No one from the South would ever use the word “y’all” like it’s used in this joke.

    It grates on Southerners when non-Southerners don’t understand Southern dialect — as much, I suspect, as someone from London telling a joke based on North Country usage and getting it utterly wrong.

  2. It grates on Southerners when non-Southerners don’t understand Southern dialect . . .

    Sorry, but it really does.

    The joke was funny, though!

  3. Actually, in some parts of the South (I live in North Carolina) “y’all” is the correct singular. The correct plural is “all y’all.” It’s true!

    Loved the joke. I knew there was a reason I was starting to read blogs again – at least yours, MP.

  4. I’m keeping out of this. I can see the thread going in exactly the same direction as the Great Barbecue Sauce Debate. There were a lot of casualties during that particular skirmish.

  5. Yes, MadPriest. Wise to stay out of it! 🙂

    Well, I’ve never lived in North Carolina or Georgia. I was, however, born in Louisiana, grew up (for the most part) in Mississippi and went to school in Virginia. I have never heard y’all used to refer to the singular. (Interestingly, when I took Greek at Virginia Theological Seminary, the professor encouraged us to translate the second person plural as y’all so he could tell that we knew it was plural!)

    To solve the issue regarding the joke I would suggest we need to know what the usage really is in GEORGIA.

    That is all.


  6. I just found a delightful blog post written by a history professor from Georgia.

    Here’s the pertinent bit:

    And through most of the South, it is plural. Unless someone is intentionally misusing it for effect, “y’all” seldom refers to just one person. The problem is, lots of folks have intentionally misused it, from the makers of movies and television shows with exaggerated southern characters (often for purposes of ridicule) to the writers of those ubiquitous little books with titles like “Advice for Yankees Moving South”: “Remember, ‘y’all’ is singular. ‘All y’all’ is plural. ‘All y’all’s’ is plural possessive.”

    Here’s how Lewis Grizzard handled the situation: “For some unknown reason, Northerners think Southerners use ‘y’all’ and ‘you all’ in the singular sense. Northerners will giggle and ask, ‘So where are you all from?’ I answer by saying, ‘I all is from Atlanta.'”