Middle English

Subject: Middle English
From: Wayne Douglass <wayned -at- VERITY -dot- COM>
Date: Wed, 13 Aug 1997 09:36:29 -0700

Tim Covil wrote:
>Shoot, let's don't stop there. Let's revive Middle English in its
>entirety! ;).
>
>"Whilst on the File menu, thou shouldst clicketh Save. If thou dost
>experienceth problems, contacteth thy account representative."

Actually this isn't Middle English, the language of Chaucer. It's a pastiche
of Renaissance English, the language of Shakespeare. And it should read:

"Whilst on the File menu, thou shouldst click Save. If thou dost
experience problems, contacteth thy account representative."

You never use the -eth construction with shouldst or dost.

--Wayne
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