[LMB] Religion question

Marc Wilson marc.wilson at gmx.co.uk
Thu Jul 22 13:04:48 BST 2021

On Fri, 16 Jul 2021 04:20:08 -0400, Matthew George <matt.msg at gmail.com>

>On Thu, Jul 15, 2021 at 11:10 PM Howard Brazee <howard at brazee.net> wrote:
>> A funny result of this is that many people think “thee” and “thou” are
>> formal pronouns.
>A la Darth Vader talking to the Emperor.  Well, when the only place they
>are encountered is when addressing God, the original theological point of
>using informal pronouns is lost.  Religious rituals tend to preserve
>language long after the vernacular has changed utterly.
There are parts of the UK, especially rural areas in the North of
England, where "thee" and "thou" are still hanging on; indeed, there is
a Yorkshire dialect word, "tharrer", which is cognate with the French
"tutoyer" - a rebuke to someone who presumptuously uses the familiar
form on insufficient acquaintance.

"Don't thou 'tha' me, tha tharrer!"
'Quantum Mechanics: The dreams stuff is made of'   (Steven Wright)

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