Apeiron wrote:Sir_Read-a-Lot wrote:I agree with this comic!
My usual response is: "I'm sorry, I'm not guilty."
This stems from confusion caused by conflation of sorry and apology. "I'm sorry" is an expression of sympathy. "I apologize" is to accept responsibility.
THERE IS NO AMBIGUITY HERE.
It's a matter of ignorance to think there is. This is what we get when we encourage the idea that words mean whatever anyone thinks they mean. This is why people say decimate when they mean annihilate or obliterate. Or impact when they mean affect. When we conflate meanings we erode their distinctiveness. Then we have to play games to fix what was lost. Piracy is ship to ship armed robbery. IP owners with an interest in protecting their profits tried to make copying without permission seem as bad as murder, kidnapping and armed robbery.
Thou was the singular you. But some lazy/ignorant people started using you as the singular. Other people were too lazy to correct the mistake. So we lost the meaning of you and had to create kludges to work around the loss of meaning: y'all, yous and the like.
Part of the problem is that somehow it's become a faux pas to correct the ignorant and lazy. We have institutions called schools that are designed to remove ignorance, but if you aren't a teacher, do you DARE correct my grammar!
Language is the TCP/IP of thought. It's too important to be left to the caprice of the ignorant and lazy.
I agree with every word said here, thank you for expressing it so! Note that my own language is over 3000 years old, but I can read ancient texts with little confusion. Even the things that have changed have only been logically updated, and not replaced the former meanings. Contrast that with English which I cannot read a five- or even two-hundred year old text in and understand the proper meaning of.
Regarding Thou and You, can you provide more detail or a link to a source? I'd like to read about that. Thanks.