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Re: [SCA Newcomers] On the use of thou, was "Couple of Questions"

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  • Kimiko Small
    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
    Message 1 of 2 , Dec 23, 2006
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      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).

      Joane


      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
      >confused.)
      >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.
      >http://french.about.com/library/begin/bl_tuvsvous.htm
      >
      >Elspeth
      >(who knows that the honorific in her username is a great presumption, but
      >didn't want to be sapphire505025025@....)
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