Originally Posted by Brass Tacks
up to 3 is "y'all", more than 3 is "all y'all"
when getting ready to perform a task, a southerner is fixin' to do it
Sorry - ya'll is definitely NOT singular! Any true Southerner knows that! Hollywood and Southern wannabees have tried to morph the language into something else.
"All ya'll" is just including everyone in the group and generally refers to a larger group. Ya'll can also be interchanged with "you 'uns" - but "ya'll" is more commonly used.
Dinner (the noontime meal) is served with a "mess" or a "helpin" - grits and greens are usually served as a "mess" whereas chicken, taters, and biscuits n' gravy are served as "helpins" (some folks just say "heppin").
I know you meant well - bless yore little heart!