24-Y by Roger

 



I don’t think I considered it until I took French in high school, but I realized at that point that standard English was deficient. While French has tu for second person singular and vous for second person plural, English uses the word you for both. I subsequently discovered that most languages followed the French rule, such as German du/ihr and Russian ty/vy.

So some groups have developed their own set of second person plural pronouns, such as y’all and yous. Some Australians, just like some Americans and some Brits, have for many years now been happily using valid second person plural pronouns. It helps in clear communication, allows succinctness of expression, and, sadly, has invariably been associated with a lack of education and low socio-economic status.

But it is not the failure of the speakers, it’s the failure of the language. These words do not reflect ignorance on the part of speakers who use them, but a legitimate linguistic development called leveling by morphological analogy, whereby missing pieces of the grammar are generated by analogy with other parts of grammar. In other words, people instinctively create words when the meaning would otherwise be ambiguous.

Thus English is lacking here, but it was not always so. The King James Bible, e.g. has a perfectly useful pairing, thou for singular, ye for plural. Over the years, however, the terms meshed.

My basic point is that perhaps we ought not to deride those people who have creatively addressed a linguistic need.

Twelve years ago, the TIME person of the year was YOU. Read all about it.

Here are three songs, all very different, called You:
Marvin Gaye
George Harrison
R.E.M.

I am hoping YOU will visit YOUR compatriots on the ABC Wednesday platform.

(Yes, I stole this post from myself in January 2011. If you haven’t seen it, it’s new to you!)

24-X by M e l o d y

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Like I did in round 23… I use this post as “X marks the spot” for introducing you to the new logo for the round we’re about to start in a couple of weeks, july 9th to be precise. I am looking forward to your entries in the new round as well as I am looking forward to the entries you will post to end this round, today for X. Most of all, wishing you lots and lots of fun in all the posts that still have to come… 28 to be exact before the ABC-Wednesday meme will stop to run, unless….

 

 

July 9th Round 25 will start. The closing round also.
So I have made a list for you to ‘look back’ in time in what ABC-Wednesday delivered throughout the years it ran.
Sadly enough some rounds are gone so I could not link round 1 to 7.
Also… all the rounds that ran on Blogspot doe not have categories so it will take some time to search and find the specific entries per round but starting from round 20 you can clik on the link to see that specific round and its entries..
I want to thank you all for everything you’ve posted so far and that what is to come.
It has been a pleasure to lead this meme for a couple of rounds and I am sad to have to let it go.

 

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Have a splendid, ♥-warming ABC-wednes-day / – week!
♫ M e l o d y ♫