Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Second person plural

Sometimes I hear people say that in English we have no second person plural except for those Southerners who use y'all and those New Englanders who use the more uncouth youse-guys.
The UKJV falls into this trap as well, rendering the Old English ye as all of you, because ye is a second person singular.
But the thing is, we do have a second person plural: the word is you.When I'm talking to you one on one the word has a singular meaning, this is true, but when talking to a group the people are rolled up together and treated as an individual unit, for example, a teacher can scold a class "You really let me down."

And that's not just good for showing up those ignorant internet whiners, that's an amazing testament to headship. Our very language tacitly acknowledges that we understand corporate guilt. We understand how shame or accomplishment is shared. Imputation from Adam or Christ is not such a big issue to understand when we have language giving us headwind to understanding it.
Don't you agree?

2 comments:

David said...

Note quite. Can you explain how you got the "Federal" in federal headship?

:-)

Thanks,
David

Phil said...

Beah, I was writing fast before bed. I don't mean to established anything by the comment other than an inherent, shared, universally recognized nature.
Lots of people deny that we fell in Adam or have a kind of shared identity with him, by my point was that the very word 'you' betrays that.