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    You think me strange?

    Thor: You think me strange?
    Jane Foster: Yes.
    Thor: Good strange, or bad strange?
    Jane Foster: I'm not sure yet...

    (Dialogue from the the movie "Thor")

    Does anyone else think that "you think me strange" has an archaic ring to it? The Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English apparently doesn't support my view:

    [...]
    think somebody (to be) something
    My parents never thought me capable of doing a degree.
    [...]

    (The Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English)

    But I still think that "you think me strange" would sound odd, at least in American English.

    Does anyone agree?

    Thank you in advance.

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    Re: You think me strange?

    Sure, but he's not supposed to be a contemporary speaker.

    As far as this movie goes, I don't care if there is dialogue or not. He's it's just nice to look at.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: You think me strange?

    The name, ahem, Thor might give a clue about how up-to-date his language will be. Fortunately, he's modern with the occasional archaic bit thrown in for those who are actually listening. I'd say it's meant to give it an old style twang, but wouldn't say it was genuinely archaic. In BrE, it doesn't sound that archaic, but if you wandered around bars and cafes asking it, the answer would be yes.
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    Re: You think me strange?

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    Sure, but he's not supposed to be a contemporary speaker.
    Thanks. Yes, that's why I asked. He said all kinds of strange things like, 'This mortal form has grown weak. I need sustenance!'

    But I wasn't entirely sure about 'you think me strange' as not everything he said was all that unusual.

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    Re: You think me strange?

    He's meant to be an Old Norse god, so he has to sound a bit strange. However, he's a lot more modern than Shakespeare. He speaks modern English with funny word order and slightly odd vocab to do this.

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    Re: You think me strange?

    I use the word "sustenance" for humorous effect sometimes.

    Interestingly, when I was in the service, we had two additional types of pay: BAH and BAS - basic allowance for housing and basic allowance for sustenance. It was supposed to pay for your rent and groceries if you didn't live on base in government-provided housing and eat government-provided meals.

    I found "sustenance" a funny word then too.
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