the deal with thee/thou vs. you was that thee/thou was more personal/intimate, while 'you' was more formal
then english got over having grammatical relationship distance in pronouns & used 'you' everywhere
so when someone in an old-timey story says "Have at thee, villain!", they're actually flirting
@lioness So when Darth Vader asks the Emperor "What is thy bidding, my master?" in Star Wars Episode V, he is actually flirting? I didn't think about that scene this way before 🤔
@lioness yes, the word hails from "villa" but the villain was not the land owner, but the land worker, bound to that land by serfdom. (at least they weren't slaves!)
so, a villain used to be a minion, who's importance got inflated over the centuries
@lioness thee/thou was the singular version, ye/you was plural. If someone's saying "have at thee," they might mean they're only willing to fight one baddie at a time. :)
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