[Grief] Thee instead of The

David Bourgoin david_bourgoin at yahoo.co.uk
Wed Feb 17 22:30:06 PST 2010

Anyone would think he'd invented the word Thee. It's been around for hundreds of years and I was taught at school you used (when speaking) Thee for words that began with a vowel. I.e Thee apple, Thee elephant, Thee umbrella..... etc etc.

Now if you could point out lots of people using the word "butter" instead of "but" or "e" instead of "I" then you might be on to something.


--- On Wed, 17/2/10, Jim Flannery <jim at newgrangemedia.com> wrote:

> From: Jim Flannery <jim at newgrangemedia.com>
> Subject: Re: [Grief] Thee instead of The
> To: grief at hollyfeld.org
> Date: Wednesday, 17 February, 2010, 22:03
> Wednesday, February 17, 2010, 7:06:08
> AM, one spoke:
> J> Did not GP-O coin this? Are all these bands
> referencing him when they
> J> do this, or is it just a coincidence? And also why is
> it so popular?
> As a way of naming your band goes back further than GPO,
> and I imagine
> most people *outside* of Industrialclicheland are either
> referencing
> that tradition or coming up with it on their own. Offhand,
> I can think
> of Thee Sixpence and Thee Midniters preceding anything GPO
> did, probably
> more if I dug around in the 45s ... It's just a way of
> giving yourself a
> little more "class" or "distinction", as opposed to GPO
> using to give
> himself a little more, um, <cough> :-$ ...
> -- 
> Jim Flannery
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