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Second person familar as contempt (Re: ash nazg on my pinky

From:John Cowan <jcowan@...>
Date:Monday, December 16, 2002, 19:36
Danny Wier scripsit:

> There are certainly plenty others. But I wonder which language did this > first? And how did the others come to the same usage?
As I posted earlier, I think it's the notion of *familiarity*, whether positively or negatively weighted, that all such uses of 2sg have in common. ObConlang: In Hobbit-flavored Westron it was the polite forms that had become endearments, and the familiar was used to all persons, thus promoting the notion that Pippin was of high rank in his own country (which he was: the heir to the Thainship of the Shire). -- [W]hen I wrote it I was more than a little John Cowan febrile with foodpoisoning from an antique carrot that I foolishly ate out of an illjudged faith in the benignancy of vegetables. --And Rosta