USAGE: The lady doth protest too much, methinks.
|From:||Mark J. Reed <markjreed@...>|
|Date:||Monday, November 27, 2006, 23:39|
Just curious here - what's going on with the quote in the subject
line? Why "doth" but "methinks", rather than "does" or "methinketh"?
Throughout Shakespeare, the usual 3p sg ending is -s, but -th also
shows up all over the place. Was English of the time still
mid-transition? Were -th and -s in free alternation, or had -th been
relegated to certain contexts, either phonetic or semantic? (maybe
"high-falutin' speech used by royalty", or "poetry", etc...) I note
that _Hamlet_ includes examples of both "doth" and "does", "singeth"