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English: Thou

From:Muke Tever <alrivera@...>
Date:Tuesday, June 20, 2000, 5:53
> From: Fior Avant <chiph@...> > Subject: Re: You/thou (was Re: Old Norse) > > Yes, indeed. In English "YOU" is assumed as >respectful and polite as well as possible to >addressing towards a known friend. > THOU has equivalents in all IE langs; like >Port "tu" and Germ "du" and is addressed to a >person we know very well, such as a brother, >mate, cousin. Besides the Bible, THOU was used >very much in the last century in Britain. I >have some books writen with the form THOU. > THOU, as far as I know, is not used at derogatoring. > That's why we say THOU towards God. He is a >"close friend" never YOU.
Actually I think many people, perhaps as a combination of the archaism of "thou" and its use towards God, have reanalyzed "thou" as a _formal_ form. I know that's what I thought, till a video game taught me otherwise. Also I think 'thou' /Dau/ is kind of a mouthful. Maybe it oughtta be /Du/, to rhyme with 'you'. Or maybe I'm just used to 'gotcha'-forms. ("Gottha? Whadja got?") I suppose I should get started on that phrasebook... *Muke!