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    methinks = it seems to me

    Dear teachers,

    Here is a sentence from an e-mail.

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether the word in bold is a common occurance in your area?

    "I filmed a short video for you - it's giving you an idea which methinks will slip a tingle scampering up your spine."

    methinks = it seems to me

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V.
    Last edited by vil; 12-May-2009 at 14:25.


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    Re: methinks = it seems to me

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether the word in bold is a common occurance in your area?

    "I filmed a short video for you - it's giving you an idea which methinks will slip a tingle scampering up your spine."
    I believe it was pretty common in the London area...about 400 years ago.

    Seriously...it's archaic. Seriously archaic. The writer is deliberately trying to be funny, which we do occasionally by trying to imitate Shakespeare (and failing, as a rule). The last person to use this word with a straight face was Hamlet when he said to Horatio: "My fatherŚmethinks I see my father."

    Greg

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    Re: methinks = it seems to me

    Yes, and apparently the etymology is not "me + thinks", but "me ■ync­" (it seems to me).

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