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German 'duzen' and 'siezen' — etymology =3F?=

From:Steven Williams <feurieaux@...>
Date:Wednesday, October 11, 2006, 15:38
--- "Julia \"Schnecki\" Simon" <helicula@...>

> Yes, the "tun" forms do sound stupid, but since when > has *that* ever stopped anyone? ;-)
Well, it does work for Japanese — ai-suru, 'to [do] love'.
> According to Kluge's etymological dictionary, the > verbs _duzen_ and _siezen_ (as well as _erzen_ und > _ihrzen_, which I'd never encountered > before, probably because _Er_ and _Ihr_ are rarely > used as forms of address nowadays)
Yeah, what is up with that? Third-person address for the second person? When did _that_ start being used, and what was the reasoning behind it? ___________________________________________________________ Telefonate ohne weitere Kosten vom PC zum PC:


Philip Newton <philip.newton@...>German 'duzen' and ' siezen' — etymology =3F?=