[Grief] Thee instead of The

bernard bernard at sdreyer.no
Thu Feb 18 00:30:32 PST 2010

Good point. There was actually a Temple release many years ago that in an esay explained  about this usage (e for i, thee for the etc), and it was very reminiscent of Rastafari. I'll see if I can dig it out.


On 17. feb. 2010, at 23.30, David Bourgoin wrote:

> 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.
> David
> --- 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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