Pains & Pains
Posted by Ken on July 08, 1998 at 08:24:03:
In response to yet more thee/thou, written by Art on July 07, 1998 at 23:37:47
] By the period that the movie portrays, the distinction between singular and plural "you" was quite gone, certainly in America, but the "plain speech" remained among the Quakers in a corrupted form in which "thee" was both nominative and objective. . . . Sorry anout your 6th grade teacher, by the way. She were a very pain in the butt, no doubt.
Glad to see Wilder wasn't sloppy, at least.
As for my teacher, she was archtypal, which is valuable in itself, and she taught me infalliably to recognize prepositions as rattlesnakes, so I couldn't say the experience was all bad (-:
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