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 email@example.com
that I foolishly ate out of an illjudged faith www.ccil.org/~cowan
in the benignancy of vegetables. --And Rosta www.reutershealth.com