July 28th, 2007


I use my Popely powers to bring back "thou"

Hear me, hear me! I, Fayanora Ahnabahn Tahlahmorgk, Pope of the Discordian Church, speaking ex Cathedra, do hereby restore the old English wordset of "thou," "thy," "thee," and "thine." Not only that, but I restore them to their former place as the more familiar version of the second person singular pronouns, and return the "you/r(s)" wordset to the more formal set.

Also, I am returning to normal useage words such as "hast," "art," "hath," and so on, because they go with thou/etc.

Thus, in thy everyday speech, thou shouldst speak to thy fellow human using "you/r(s)" ONLY WHEN BEING FORMAL! In thy informal speech, thou shouldst returnest to thy "thou"s.

To better use thy "thou"s, here are some basics where thouing is concerned:

A. If confused about which word to use, think first how you would say the sentence in the singular, then go by this:
      1. "Thou" corresponds to "I."
      2. "Thee" corresponds to "me."
      3. "Thy" corresponds to "my."
      4. "Thine" corresponds to "mine."

B. Remember, words immediately affected by "th(ou/ee/y/ine)" must have "est" or "st" suffixes added to them.

Examples: "Sir, thy car's headlights are still on."
"Ma'am, I believe this purse is thine."
"Thou knowest me not if thou thinkest me a coward!"

Prithee have a good day, and remember to thou! Also, find a time and place to use the following sentence: "Fie thee for a rennish knave, sirrah!"

(Originally, thou was simply the singular counterpart to the plural pronoun ye, derived from an ancient Indo-European root. In imitation of continental practice, thou was later used to express intimacy, familiarity, or even disrespect while another pronoun, you, the oblique/objective form of ye, was used for formal circumstances (see T-V distinction). After thou fell out of fashion, it was primarily retained in fixed ritual settings, so that for some speakers, it came to connote solemnity or even formality.)