I've told a few southerners that we say y'all too, but we say it in 2 words instead of just the one. As far as I know, only ships and boats have a gender in English. Even in old English I don't remember nouns having genders, as much as English has changed. I've heard people say they loved reading Geoffrey Chaucer, but I've tried and I can't do it. Old English was so different, and he was probably a rotten speller anyway, that I just can't get through it. John
I wonder if English ever has gender for words like many of the European languages do. I know we had forms of some words like you. You was a singlular person you, and ye was a bunch of yous (like in NYC where you say "yous guys" or down sough with "Ya'll going out?"). But I do not remember a gender specific form of "the" in old Englsh.
I remember an "I Love Lucy" episode where Ricky would mispronounce a word like "through", Lucy would correct him, so he'd say another word like "tough" and pronounce it like "through", and so on. Drove Ricky crazy. German drove me a little crazy because everything was either male, female, or neuter, and it never made any sense. A table was for instance, male. No rhyme or reason for it. Then some brilliant student got the idea that if you made anything "little", it was neuter, so he made all his nouns little. You could try to remember that "the table" was "der Tisch", or make it the little table, "das Tischlein", and it was neuter. I'm not sure what his teacher thought about that, but I hope they found it at least a little humorous. John
Right! Write? Wright? Rite?
I like that too! To? Two? John
On it it said: English is weird. It can be understood through tough, thorough, thought though.