What Shall We Do with Thou? Modern Mormonism's Unruly Usage of Archaic English Pronouns
Dialogue : A Journal of Mormon Thought
English-speaking Latter-day Saints have an uneasy relationship with archaic pronouns. Although no one uses thou, thee, thy, thine, thyself, and ye in everyday speech, one encounters them frequently in three very different contexts in religious communication: reading them in scripture, encountering them somewhat randomly in other religious texts, and employing them in prayer. In the first of a two-part series, Terry explores certain trouble spots in the use of archaic pronouns so that Latter-day Saints become more aware of how the English language is used in the Church, and so that those whose responsibility it is to make far-reaching decisions regarding language issues have more information to work with.