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Re: Use of 'thou'
Poster: Sallie Montuori <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Yes; the insulting part of using "thou" is implying an intimacy that
does not exist. This intimacy is why the KJV Bible has you calling
the deity (pick a form, any form!) Thee and Thou -- the idea is, it's
just like your family.
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On Tue, 23 Jul 1996 firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
> Poster: email@example.com
> > And remember, the word 'thou' is always one of the strongest
> > insults to give to an equal, since in period it was usually
> > reserved for those lower in class than yourself.
> I think perhaps you meant "the word 'thou' is sometimes
> somewhat insulting".
> It's my understanding that addressing someone as "thou"
> in most of the Period was similar to the way addressing
> someone by the first name used to be: something you
> could automatically do to children and servants but
> could also do to equals or even superiors to signal a
> friendship or other close relationship. (This is
> how "tu'" is regarded in modern Spanish.)
> I believe that the King James Version of the Bible
> (written around 1600) has several examples of people
> using "Thou" to address entities they hold in very
> high regard.
> -- Alfredo
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