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  1. Latoof's Avatar

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    "Me thinks!"

    I found this sentence while searching the forum and I would like to ask about it.
    Me thinks that in terms of dates
    Why Me instead of I?
    Why there is s in think?


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    Re: "Me thinks!"

    It looks like-- and means-- 'I think', but it has come directly and almost unchanged from the Anglo-Saxon 'it seems to me'. 'Me' instead of 'I' because it is a remnant of Germanic dative case (used for indirect object). '-S' of third person singular because the subject of the old verb (see below) is 'it'.

    'Methinks, v. impers.

    [AS. şyncan to seem, me şynceğ, me şuhte, OE. me thinketh, me thoughte; akin to G. dünken to seem, denken to think, and E. think.]'

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    Re: "Me thinks!"

    Quote Originally Posted by Latoof
    I found this sentence while searching the forum and I would like to ask about it.
    Why Me instead of I?
    Why there is s in think?

    In addition, I believe methinks is written as one word, not two:

    "The lady doth protest too much, methinks." Shakespeare

    "In all ages poets have been had in special reputation, and, methinks, not without great cause." Spenser.

  4. Latoof's Avatar

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    Re: "Me thinks!"

    I quoted it from a reply you posted before, Cas. It was written in two words.

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    Re: "Me thinks!"

    Quote Originally Posted by Latoof
    I quoted it from a reply you posted before, Cas. It was written in two words.
    You're too kind.

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    Re: "Me thinks!"

    I know

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