Meanwhile, at the desk of the woman who is always complaining there isn’t enough time…

6 May

So, we need to decide on a spelling.

Is it ‘yous’ or ‘youse’?

PS And don’t be smart – it isn’t ‘use’.

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32 Responses to “Meanwhile, at the desk of the woman who is always complaining there isn’t enough time…”

  1. Liam May 6, 2008 at 10:43 am #

    According to frequent user Mario Fenech, it’s “youse”.

  2. Deborah May 6, 2008 at 10:57 am #

    I vote for “yous”.

    I always want to rhyme “youse” with “mouse”. Besides, adding an “s” is the standard way of pluralising a word in English.

  3. Liam May 6, 2008 at 11:01 am #

    Sorry, a correction: “I love youse all” was the catchprase and autobiography-title of boxer Jeff Fenech, not footballer Mario.

  4. Stomper Girl May 6, 2008 at 11:09 am #

    youse.

    also :

    wuss.
    bogan.
    arvo.
    whacker.

    Can’t think of any more.

  5. ThirdCat May 6, 2008 at 11:10 am #

    Ah…thank you for that correction, Liam. I was a bit confused, though coming from a state where we don’t have much to do with that code I was happy to take your word for it.

    Your point is a good one, Deborah. This will not be an easy, will it?

  6. ThirdCat May 6, 2008 at 11:11 am #

    whacker!

    my favourite word of all time!!

  7. SQ May 6, 2008 at 12:26 pm #

    Definitely youse. Even according to the Macquarie ABC Dictionary, although it does list yous as an alternative spelling.

  8. Laura May 6, 2008 at 12:28 pm #

    I vote ‘yous’

    I’m typing this very quetly, because I locked the door of my office to eat lunch & pretend I’m not here. People knock then wait a bit then go away.

  9. drew May 6, 2008 at 1:00 pm #

    That fact you’re even posing the question hurts me more than I can express.

  10. Liam May 6, 2008 at 1:43 pm #

    It’s definitely not yous. I don’t know how you could pronounce yous without a voiceless fricative s, rhyming with ‘caboose’. You need a z to show that it’s a voiced youse, rhyming with ‘lose’, ‘booze’ and ‘crews’.
    A third option: youx?

  11. Laura May 6, 2008 at 3:25 pm #

    I just think the extra ‘e’ on the end is a bit too fancy

  12. Pavlov's Cat May 6, 2008 at 5:01 pm #

    “I don’t know how you could pronounce yous without a voiceless fricative s, rhyming with ‘caboose’.”

    I do: you could pronounce it (further to Liam’s lovely suggestion of “youx”) as though it were the formal ‘you’ in French, with which it is an eye-rhyme: vous.

    In which case it would be pronounced “you”.

    Or if you spelt it ‘yeux’ then it would be eyes. Or Ise. To go with Youse.

    I’m sorry that isn’t very helpful.

  13. Pavlov's Cat May 6, 2008 at 5:01 pm #

    “I don’t know how you could pronounce yous without a voiceless fricative s, rhyming with ‘caboose’.”

    I do: you could pronounce it (further to Liam’s lovely suggestion of “youx”) as though it were the formal ‘you’ in French, with which it is an eye-rhyme: vous.

    In which case it would be pronounced “you”.

    Or if you spelt it ‘yeux’ then it would be eyes. Or Ise. To go with Youse.

    I’m sorry that isn’t very helpful.

  14. fifi May 6, 2008 at 5:43 pm #

    yooze

  15. ThirdCat May 6, 2008 at 7:05 pm #

    Like your work, fifi, although I am now finding it hard to go past youx.

    SQ – how funny is that? That people might use the dictionary to look up youse. Like, I’m happy to be completely incorrect, grammatically speaking, but I’d hate to be spelling it wrong.

    “In which case it would be pronounced ‘you'”…are you trying to make a point, PC? It’s also pretty funny.

    ps Drew, harden up, mate.

  16. Mummy Crit May 6, 2008 at 7:40 pm #

    I love that you asked this question! I can’t decide which one I prefer – I like the standardisation aspects of ‘yous’ but I know that all the times I’ve seen it in print it’s been ‘youse’… It’s not an expression I use, but I lament its absence in regular speech…

  17. blackbird May 6, 2008 at 8:13 pm #

    While I see Liam’s point, it is without an E by me.

  18. cellobella May 6, 2008 at 8:44 pm #

    youse

    definitely!

  19. caramaena May 6, 2008 at 10:28 pm #

    Another vote for youse

  20. boynton May 7, 2008 at 10:10 am #

    Absoloutely youse.

  21. suse May 7, 2008 at 5:19 pm #

    Jeff Fenech made it famous and he spells it youse.

  22. Ariel May 8, 2008 at 1:46 pm #

    youse

  23. Helen May 8, 2008 at 7:52 pm #

    My blog has exploded, can I come and hang out here? *sits on couch, pats beagle, notices beagle smells of pigeon, surreptitiously wipes fingers on trousers*

    Youse.

    Rhymes with Toulouse.

    My favourite expletive: “Ya prawn!”

    You don’t hear that any more

  24. ThirdCat May 8, 2008 at 8:58 pm #

    You are welcome here as long as is needed, Helen. Would you like to fold towels or sort socks?

    Let me know if you need to make guest posts. It would be my honour to host you.

  25. blackbird May 9, 2008 at 9:08 pm #

    Whist I would defer to Suse as I view her as a linguist, I should point out that in my neck of the woods the word originated in Brooklyn.
    And though I adore Suse I would hesitate to correct New Yawkers.

  26. suse May 9, 2008 at 10:05 pm #

    Ah, see, now we have the difference of dialect. The Brooklyn ‘yous’ (and one can hear a certain American actor in one’s head as one reads it) and the bogan Aussie elongated ‘youse’ (viz Jeff Fenech).

    Fascinating stuff. I wonder what Melvyn Bragg would say.

  27. Helen May 10, 2008 at 9:00 am #

    Oh bless and thank you TC. My blog came back, the very next day, they thought it was a goner but…
    Luckily, because bugger me if I could fix it myself.
    Sometimes ignoring a problem and going “la la la la” saves you a lot of angst.

  28. h&b May 11, 2008 at 7:32 pm #

    I’m laet .. but I always use ‘youse’.

    And i’m always right.

    *ahem*

  29. h&b May 11, 2008 at 7:32 pm #

    err… ‘late’ … not laet.

    So i’m not always right.

    Screw youse all !

  30. Zoe May 11, 2008 at 7:36 pm #

    yous are all fucken kidden, right?

    If yous is written “youse” how do you say “grouse”?

  31. ThirdCat May 12, 2008 at 9:24 am #

    Zoe, if you are looking for consistency, you are in the wrong language.

    Exhibit A: cough, plough. But I’m sure your mother taught you that much.

  32. ThirdCat May 12, 2008 at 9:24 am #

    Oh, and h&b – that’s doesn’t mean you were wrong. That just means you made a mistake. Biiiig difference.

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