Posted by Ken on July 07, 1998 at 08:10:29:
In response to personal experience, written by Art on July 03, 1998 at 20:28:12
] As a Quaker I do indeed have direct experience of the remnants of "plain speech" among that group, and grieve to see it go. As it happens, my ancestors were from Kirk by Moorside, a few miles outside York in, I think, the North Riding 300 years ago.
As the title says. This movie was on AMC last night, and I was immediately struck--much in the manner of the road-noticers several threads above (-: --by the fact that the Quakers in that movie (set in Indiana in 1862) used "thee" indiscriminately as both objective and nominative forms of the pronoun. Which is wrong, of course, unless this was meant to be some peculiar regionalism. Art, would you know?
I confess, it brought up memories of a particularly stern 6th grade teacher I had as a boy in the Deep South who still insisted we learn--and most thoroughly!--the familiar second person; I could almost hear her sniff of dismissal every time someone spoke (-:
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