Good morning, Chattanooga — Trista here. 👋 I’m somewhat of a grammar + language fiend and I love learning about the origin of words (a.k.a. etymology). The Grammar Girl podcast is one of my all-time faves. So needless to say, I was pretty excited to write about one of the South’s favorite words: y’all.
The “love y’all” mural at Pencil + Paper Co. in Nashville, TN | @muralsmuralseverywhere
While the word y’all is ubiquitous among native Southerners, I’ve had teachers, friends, and acquaintances tell me it’s not a word at all. (And that’s false.)
Unlike many languages, English lacks a second-person plural, so the word “you” can be used to address a single person or a group of people. For clarity, many American English speakers in regions around the country have adopted the phrase “you all” to indicate a multitude, and y’all just so happens to be a grammatically-acceptable contraction of that (although similar words like you’uns or youse are typically less adored by strict grammarians).
But there are rules, y’all. As with any linguistic contraction — think I’m, she’s, won’t, we’ve — the apostrophe replaces letters that are missing from the full word or phrase. Since y’all is the abbreviated form of “you all,” the apostrophe is placed where the o + u are missing. Thus, y’all not ya’ll.
○ Nonprofit blood center Blood Assurance has begun offering COVID-19 antibody testing to blood donors. This test can not diagnose a person with COVID-19, but can inform you if you have had (or could possibly have) coronavirus and developed antibodies to the virus.
○ In the coming weeks, Chattanooga’s Amazon distribution center will begin to enable workers to self-test for COVID-19. Currently, the center requires employees to wear face masks + passes them through thermal screening to show body temperatures each day. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
○ You can stay updated on Hamilton County’s COVID-19 positive, negative, and total number of tests via the county health department’s website. The site also includes the total number of coronavirus-related deaths in the county + demographic details about those who have been tested.
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CDC’s recommendations regarding public gatherings, we have decided to postpone public event coverage for the time being. We look forward to bringing you Chattanooga’s #MustDo events soon (until then, feel free to submit your virtual events
Edu ○ Chattanooga State Community College has modified its plans for the fall 2020 semester due to the possibility of a resurgence of COVID-19. Classes will now be taught via online, virtual (classes meet via Zoom, Teams, or Webex at certain times), or hybrid methods. (Chattanoogan.com) ○ Hamilton County Schools high school graduation ceremonies were held this past weekend, but family + friends can still watch the live-streamed ceremonies via Youtube. Click here for a list of the high schools and links to watch their graduation ceremonies. 🎓 (NewsChannel 9)
Biz ○ On July 17, Acropolis Grill will reach its 25th anniversary of being in business, but the restaurant will be celebrating all month long. As a way to celebrate the anniversary, thank Chattanoogans, and support the community, Acropolis Grill will match every $25 gift card purchased this July up to $2,000 to donate to a local nonprofit. You can nominate a nonprofit to receive the donation here.
Watch ○ Last week, The Hamilton County Schools reopening task force hosted a virtual panel discussion with the public to inform + answer questions about school reopening in the fall. More than 500 people joined the call, which you can watch here. (NewsChannel 9)
UTC ○ 195 UTC student-athletes earned a spot on the 2019-20 Southern Conference honor roll, setting a school record. Another UTC record was broken as 34 student-athletes gained an annual 4.0 GPA + 71 earned the SoCon Commissioner’s Medal. This put UTC at second in the SoCon for number of Commissioner’s Medals earned and student-athletes with an annual 4.0 GPA.
State ○ Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee’s executive order allowing for take-out alcohol sales is set to expire on June 30. Currently, an online petition asking for a to-go alcohol option in Tennessee to become permanent has over 4,000 signatures. A representative from the governor’s office said that they are evaluating the executive orders that expire on June 30, but there is not yet an announcement on them. 🍹
Health ○ ICYMI, May was National Stroke Awareness Month. The acronym F.A.S.T. is meant to help identify a stroke + respond quickly, as every second counts.Here’s what it stands for.Ⓟ
Holiday ○ If you’re in search of places to watch fourth of July fireworks as the day quickly approaches, you can find a list of 21 places in the Chattanooga region that are still holding fireworks ceremonieshere. The list also features places that held celebrations last year that have been cancelled due to COVID-19 this year. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)