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etymology - "youse" as a plural second person pronoun - English Language & Usage Stack Exchange
> YOUS, also YIZ, plural of 'you.' In [the] Irish [language] there is both a singular and a plural second person pronoun, as there used to be in English, with 'thou' as the singular and 'ye' as the plural. The form 'you' was originally the accusative and dative plural of 'ye.' From the 14th century it became customary to use the plural form, 'you,'in addressing superiors in place of 'thee' and 'thou'; from the 15th century, 'you' began to be used in place of 'ye.' From the time large numbers of Irish people became exposed to English, in the late 16th century and onwards, the 'you' form was therefore the normal form of address to a single person. As regards the verbal forms, there is evidence that in the 17th and 18th centuries some people tried to distinguish between singular and plural by making changes to the verb: we thus find 'you is' and 'you are'; but this useful device was abandoned in the interests of so-called purity of the language. Confronted with this bewildering volatility in the use and formation of the second person pronoun, it would appear that Irish speakers of English decided to distinguish singular from plural by attaching the plural signal 's' to the singular 'you', on the analogy of regular pluralisation
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3 days ago by porejide
Robert Pinsky, The Art of Poetry No. 76
> —with that eager, amateur’s love.

> Sometimes the ideas that mean the most to you will feel true long before you can quite formulate them or justify them.

> Or it might even be in actual school. In my classes, I ask the students to find a poem they like and to get it by heart. To see someone in their late teens or early twenties, often by gender or ethnicity different from the author, shaping his or her mouth around those sounds created by somebody who is perhaps long dead, or perhaps thousands of miles away, and the students bringing their own experience to it, changing it with their own sensibility, so that they’re both possessed and possessing—those moments have been very moving to me.
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5 weeks ago by jasdev
anodyne - Google Search
adjective: anodyne
not likely to provoke dissent or offense; inoffensive, often deliberately so.
"anodyne New Age music"
noun: anodyne; plural noun: anodynes
a painkilling drug or medicine.

mid 16th century: via Latin from Greek anōdunos ‘painless,’ from an- ‘without’ + odunē ‘pain.’
12 weeks ago by HM0880
afflatus - Google Search
noun: afflatus; plural noun: afflatuses
a divine creative impulse or inspiration.

mid 17th century: from Latin, from the verb afflare, from ad- ‘to’ + flare ‘to blow.’
november 2018 by HM0880

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