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Is you'll also valid in the context of this video? Or is viper just setting new rules down in the English language?

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    Just wait until The Academy gets to hear about this. Promulgating rules without a poetic license!
    – MetaEd
    Commented Jun 27, 2013 at 23:03
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    "You'll" is not pronounced anywhere close to "you all" and it already means "you will", so it's dead on arrival.
    – RegDwigнt
    Commented Jun 27, 2013 at 23:10
  • "y'll" is an Americanism.
    – TrevorD
    Commented Jun 27, 2013 at 23:37
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    @TrevorD: I wouldn't label it as an Americanism – in the U.S., y'all is mostly used in the South.
    – J.R.
    Commented Jun 28, 2013 at 1:05
  • What he says (sings? cantillates?) is clearly the term conventionally spelled y'all. Why he (or his label) chooses to spell this you'll is beyond speculation. ... @TrevorD The artist is from Arkansas. Commented Jun 28, 2013 at 1:16

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Compare:
you'll [you will] /juːl/
you will: The longer vowel is on the former word: (y)ou, so the contraction retains it and drops the shorter vowel sound (w) i ll – you'll.

y'all [you all] /jɔːl/
you all: The longer vowel is on the latter word: a(ll), so the contraction retains it and drops the shorter vowel sound (y) ouy'all.

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  • Incidentally, the lyrics seem to also use "I sold my soul to satan but bought it back from god with this song\ Ya'll ...", "Y'all falling off like the last century" and "y'all haters feelings hurt".
    – Kris
    Commented Jun 28, 2013 at 6:32
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I believe this is because you'll is already a contraction for you will.

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You'll is short for you will, as emily has said. Ya'll, I have heard from grammatically correct Southern friends, was a version of you, while all y'all was the form for you all (i.e. plural).

But either way, the sooner this thing dies from the English language, the better.

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    It will NEVER die. Your hope is vain. Commented Jun 28, 2013 at 21:06
  • Hope springs eternal! D:<
    – Corina
    Commented Jun 28, 2013 at 21:20
  • English changes over time, viper is eternal. There's also other classics by viper, like I'm Rich Already 4 Life (Too Late to Hate)
    – viper
    Commented Jun 29, 2013 at 15:03

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