RE: Redneck step of the day...

Subject: RE: Redneck step of the day...
From: "Combs, Richard" <richard -dot- combs -at- Polycom -dot- com>
To: "Pinkham, Jim" <Jim -dot- Pinkham -at- voith -dot- com>, "Boudreaux, Madelyn \(GE Healthcare, consultant\)" <MadelynBoudreaux -at- ge -dot- com>, <Brian -dot- Henderson -at- mitchell1 -dot- com>, <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 18 Dec 2009 08:17:51 -0700

Pinkham, Jim wrote:

> Interesting question, Madelyn. I immediately thought of "thee" and
> "thou," once differentiating the informal and formal "you", but that
> doesn't help on the plural side. As it happens, someone else has been
> pondering, too:
> http://linguistlessons.blogspot.com/2008/08/2nd-person-plural.html. I
> turned to Wikipedia, too, and the author of that article maintains
that
> "ye" is the archaic second person plural,
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grammatical_person. Interestingly, it
also
> references "yinz" as second person plural in some regional dialects. I
> don't think that's come up in our discussion yet.

You, Madelyn, and Robert are all slightly confused. English isn't in
need of a second person _plural_ pronoun; it has always had a perfectly
good one -- you (evolved from ye).

The problem is that the second person _singular_ pronoun, thou, fell out
of favor, and now you is used for both singular and plural. But it's a
pretender as the singular, and should return to its rightful place as
the plural.

Search thine hear and see if thou art with me. :-)


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

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