November 13th, 2008

Ravenclaw

Things Theron Thinks You Should Know About Those Archaic Words

Dear people on the internet:

While it sounds all flowery and respectful, 'sirrah' is actually a term of disrespect, akin to calling an equal or better nothing more than a baseborn servant.  Back in the day, to use it improperly was to invite a duel, or perhaps a horse-whipping.

While they sound terribly stuffy and formal, 'thee,' 'thou,' and 'thine' are actually the informal, intimate variations on 'you' and 'yours.'  You'd use them with your loved ones, family, and close friends and use the latter for acquaintances and strangers.