Not at all a hick term. How is this worse than "you guys", which is used out west even when those being addressed are not "guys." Most, including highly educated, Southerners use y'all. However, it is not only used as a plural - can and is used to address one person. In fact, in Texas, some folks use a plural for y'all: "all y'all."
Y'all want to go to the movies?
by Arkyconvert January 13, 2006