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methought (was: Circumfixes?)

From:Raymond Brown <ray.brown@...>
Date:Friday, June 8, 2001, 18:26
At 11:35 am -0400 7/6/01, John Cowan wrote:
>Douglas Koller, Latin & French wrote: > >> [...] the antiquated "Me thinks..." > > >Note that "think" in this idiom is an impersonal verb meaning >"it seems". Chaucer uses "Him thought" [hIm Tuxt] to mean >"It seemed to him that..." > >Similarly, Malory makes King Arthur say "Me liketh better >the sword", i.e. the sword pleases me better. Note the >3rd-person agreement on both verbs.
Indeed, and in King Arthur's sentence _the sword_ is the grammatical subject. Both _me_ and _him_ in the examples above continue old Dative usages. Ray. ========================================= A mind which thinks at its own expense will always interfere with language. [J.G. Hamann 1760] =========================================