RE: Redneck step of the day...

Subject: RE: Redneck step of the day...
From: "Combs, Richard" <richard -dot- combs -at- Polycom -dot- com>
To: "Leslie Turriff" <jlturriff -at- centurytel -dot- net>, <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 17 Dec 2009 20:22:55 -0700

Leslie Turriff wrote:

> On Thursday 17 December 2009 18:04:10 Boudreaux, Madelyn (GE
Healthcare,
> consultant) wrote:
> [snip]
> > MY question is, why did English not develop a word so obviously
needed
> > that every region has its version or the word, and they are all
> > considered improper?
> >
> > Sincerely,
> > Madelyn Boudreaux
>
> If I remember correctly, Ye Olde English (e.g. Elisabethan and
> before) had
> separate words for singular and plural pronouns, much like French and
> German
> still do, but these were dropped as the language became more
modernized and
> streamlined. Now these ambiguities are being corrected once more, and
may
> eventually even become "standard" usage.

The singular of you used to be thou. As in, "My lord, why hast thou
forsaken me?" That's the nominative case. The objective case was thee,
as in "Get thee behind me, Satan!"

We could try to bring them back into fashion. :-)


Richard G. Combs
Senior Technical Writer
Polycom, Inc.
richardDOTcombs AT polycomDOTcom
303-223-5111
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Follow-Ups:

References:
Re: Redneck step of the day...: From: Janice Gelb
RE: Redneck step of the day...: From: Brian.Henderson
RE: Redneck step of the day...: From: Boudreaux, Madelyn (GE Healthcare, consultant)
Re: Redneck step of the day...: From: Leslie Turriff

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