What Is Up With “Thou,” “Thee,” “Thy,” and “Thine”?
I HAVE BEEN FUCKING WAITING FOR THIS FOR YEARS
Would be right, were it not for the fact that you would not refer to an “esteemed scientist” as “thou” unless thou were attempting to sound like a complete ass.
Thee, thou, thy and thine were during their period of active use actually the informal pronouns. We still had you (usually pronounced “ye” at the time), your and yours, but they were the polite option. It eventually became only used, oddly, in either religious text or if you really wanted to tell a person what you thought of them.
This is part of a language construct known as T-V distinction that we don’t have anymore for pronouns. It’s an interesting concept.
Now go learn thou a thing.