Re: [SCA Newcomers] On the use of thou, was "Couple of Questions"
- Thank you again Elspeth-sensei. I am learning a lot, and I appreciate your
taking the time to teach me. I may try the thee stuff at faire, if an
appropriate situation brings itself out (and I won't be rude about it,
unless its a gig with someone I know well).
At 10:54 AM 12/23/2006, you wrote:
>What way would that mean?
>Well, one of a number of possibilities:
>That you feel on your limited acquaintance that the person would be
>opening to you presuming a greater intimacy. (I.e. you think you could be
>a close friend or lover.)
>That you feel like presuming intimacy with no regards for the person's
>feelings. (Note, asking permission is a good way to not get those two
>That you have no idea of their rank/age.
>That you know their rank/age and are being deliberately disrespectful.
>Or, quite simply,
>That you aren't a grammar person and haven't grasped the concept of an
>informal second person. I would hope that people who'd actually care
>about any of the above would gently say "I would prefer that you address
>me as "you" not "thou", thank you!"
>Or at least, this is how I'd see an informal second person playing out in
>the SCA. The rank thing could be confusing, but that's what the pointy
>hats are for.
>(who knows that the honorific in her username is a great presumption, but
>didn't want to be sapphire505025025@....)