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May 16, 2010
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Hi, is there someone who can help me?

I have no idea what's "yis" below means;

"Cheers to everyone who came down to the gig. Great to see yis."

It was written by a member of an Irish band, and those are good and healthy guys, so I'm sure it's not about dangerous things like drugs.
Does it mean "Great to see you in front of the stage" or something?

Thank you:roll:


Apr 20, 2010
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This is clearly a case of someone writing their own version of a slang for a plural of the word "you".

In rural towns in northern USA and Canada, some people will actually say "yous" as in "How yous doing?" when addressing a group. This is incorrect usage and indicates a lack of education.

In your example of the Irish band, "yis" is most likely the same usage but spelled with an "i" to reflect their own accent or dialect (being Irish).

"Great to see you" is the correct usage whether you are addressing a single person or many people. "You" is both singular and plural.


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In the UK, you'll hear both yous and yis used in regional dialects- it is a non-standard form, I can't say that I agree that it reflects on the education of the person. However, it would be marked wrong in most exams.
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