OT Re: synonyms

David V Glasgow dvglasgow at gmail.com
Wed Jul 5 12:06:40 CEST 2017


My ancient Quaker father-in-law (now deceased) never gave them up. 

His first utterance to me was “What has thou done with Liss?” - a question I was none to keen on answering (‘Liss'= his daughter)

His language took a little getting used to, but after a while I barely noticed, except to enjoy it.

Cheers,

David Glasgow

> On 4 Jul 2017, at 8:55 pm, Richmond Mathewson via use-livecode <use-livecode at lists.runrev.com> wrote:
> 
> Thou hast no need at all to be pompous, just a wee bit old-fashioned.
> 
> Thou art more than welcome me to the extremely select club of language nutters (current membership: 1 and a few stray Mennonites)
> who want to bring Thou, thee, they and thine back into mainstream English usages.
> 
> Membership is free, and thou art not required to wear a daft uniform, change thy dietary habits, take any odd vows, or
> reassess thy personal hygiene regime . . .
> 
> However, if thou usest the middle-finger in any way whatsoever thou wilt be expelled forthwith, fifthwith and sixthwith!
> 
> None of our membership have become obsessive enough to remove their middle-finger, Yet!
> 
> Richmond.
> 
> On 7/4/17 10:43 pm, Mark Wieder via use-livecode wrote:
>> On 07/04/2017 11:34 AM, Mark Waddingham via use-livecode wrote:
>>> It was a generic 'you' and not you 'you' :)
>>> 
>>> I think part of my brain decided on 'one' there but my fingers objected ('when' should have been 'one').
>>> 
>>> Indeed in this instance 'one' in both places probably would have been better, however I always feel like that sounds slightly pompous...
>> 
>> LOL
>> 
>> Yes, "one" would maybe have been more syntactically correct but made you feel pompous. "You" in both places emphasizes the lexical ambiguity. So even though the sentence would be diagrammed the same way (the bytecode implementation would be identical) they feel completely different.
>> 
>> So... aren't you glad we have synonyms? <g>
>> 
>> And placing the sentence in passive voice would eliminate the above problems by allowing a different creative process to take place. Thus my argument for synonyms: not that it makes much (if any) difference at the engine level, but it allows for some right-brain interaction in what would otherwise be a completely left-brain activity.
>> 
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