One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- ‘gather ye rosebuds, while ye may’plural form of thou
dialect, archaic An exclamation of astonishment.
- ‘Now, here's the problem: since this is an electronic voice telling me I have this phone call from this prison, I can't tell the electronic voice or the prisoner (ye gods!) that I am not the person they mean to be calling.’
- ‘Rugby World Cup. And ye gods, am I excited! I love World Cups.’
Old English gē, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch gij and German ihr.
- ‘Ye Olde Bookshoppe’pseudo-archaic term for the
Graphic variant; in late Middle English þ (see thorn) came to be written identically with y, so that the could be written ye. This spelling (usually ye) was kept as a convenient abbreviation in handwriting down to the 19th century, and in printers' types during the 15th and 16th centuries, but it was never pronounced as ‘ye’.
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