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All y’all can now have all the y’alls you want on the web, thanks to Kentucky man

Kentucky for Kentucky sells T-shirts emblazoned with ‘y’all,’ which is bigger than ‘you’ but not as large as “all y’all.” Steve Hayes credits Kentucky for Kentucky with recharging the focus on ‘y’all.’
Kentucky for Kentucky sells T-shirts emblazoned with ‘y’all,’ which is bigger than ‘you’ but not as large as “all y’all.” Steve Hayes credits Kentucky for Kentucky with recharging the focus on ‘y’all.’ Kentucky for Kentucky

Technically, y’all, it’s not an app: It’s a Google Chrome extension that allows you to get all the y’alls your internet could ever want, bless your heart.

Steve Hayes, also known as Asian Steev on social media, decided to make the extension, called the “Y’allifier,” as a giveaway for the Kentucky Fried Zine Fest 2016 last weekend.

The Lexington programmer considered putting it on floppy disks as a joke — no one uses them any more.

In a press release, Hayes described “Y’allifier,” which takes phrases on the Internet that are second-person pronouns for addressing a group of people and turns them into “y’all,” which is indeed convenient if not exactly socially crisp.

“Y’all” is bigger than the singular “you” but not quite as large as the crowd of “all y’all.”

The “Y’allifier” works, at least on Twitter and Facebook: Download the extension and start sending Tweets or Facebook posts asking how “you guys” did that results in the query, “How did y’all do that?”

“Y’allifier makes the Internet read more like it should: a little slower, more thoughtful, like a tall glass of sweet tea,” Hayes’ press release said.

A UK graduate originally from Northern Kentucky — home of the famous “Florence Y’all” water tank near Florence Mall — Hayes works for the tech startup Cirrus Mio.

He credits the Kentucky for Kentucky movement, with its “Y’all” t-shirts, with recharging the fixation on “y’all.”

His press release was “tongue-in-cheek, really goofy,” Hayes said.

“It’s all tongue in cheek, it’s fun for us to overuse y’all a little bit,” Hayes said of the extension. “It’s not practical at all. It’s goofy and funny.”

Cheryl Truman: 859-231-3202, @CherylTruman

See Tweets “improved” by the Y’allifier: twitter.com/yallifier

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