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
> exclusively used in marital/love relationships and poetry. Otherwise,
> 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!!!!
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