[Spellyans] "Thank you"
everson at evertype.com
Wed Aug 25 09:59:19 BST 2010
On 25 Aug 2010, at 09:12, j.mills at email.com wrote:
> I think that the difference between these three forms of 'thank you' is one of register. Durdala dewhy was the form commonly used in normal conversation in the 16th century.
> Gromercy, borrowed from Old Norman French, was the courtly form of the somewhat stylised miracle plays.
If you look at the glosses and contexts Nicholas gives for "grâss dhis" and "gromercy dhis" you will not see a functional difference between the two. "Meur a râss dhewgh why" and "gromercy dhewgh" are both said to angels, for instance.
Michael Everson * http://www.evertype.com/
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