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Old 01-26-2009, 02:57 AM   #14
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But there are few people alive today that could read Beowulf in it's original transcription (I certainly couldn't).
I can .

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Hell, most people are confounded by Shakespearian prose. If not for the KJV of the Bible, most people wouldn't have any experience with "Thou" or "Thine".
There are a number of dialects of British English where "thou" and "thy" are alive and well. Where I live, people will automatically make a distiction between saying "is tha' well?" to one person, and "are you well?" to a number of people.

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Language will always be fluid. And ever changing.
Absolutely.
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