At work the other day a coworker pronounced Illinois with the ‘s’ at the end. Like this: Il-i-noise. That is incorrect. The ‘s’ is silent. Like this: Il-i-noy. My family always made jokes about people pronouncing it wrong but I never thought there were people who actually said it like that.

I have come dangerously close to saying “y’all” many times. Especially at work. You tend to start talking like the people who surround you, and everyone around me says “y’all” except my family. I must remain ever more vigilant if I want to keep myself from saying it.