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Re: Second person familar as contempt (Re: ash nazg on my pinky because it's too small)

From:Christophe Grandsire <christophe.grandsire@...>
Date:Monday, December 16, 2002, 12:27
En réponse à Danny Wier <dawier@...>:

> > I only know of Farsi. The old second person singular _tow_ form is > probably > exclusively used in marital/love relationships and poetry. Otherwise, > it's > insulting. Even fathers and sons tend to use the second person plural > _ishaan_ form with each other. >
Well, strangely enough, this is *exactly* the same distribution as between Esperanto 'ci' and 'vi'!!! And since Zamenhof has never really explained when to use 'ci', it's a distribution which evolved through usage only!!! I find such a coincidence quite remarkable!!!! Christophe. Take your life as a movie: do not let anybody else play the leading role.