So "you" was plural & "thou" singular... but wasn't there also a polite singular: "thee"? (thou, thee, you... and in German: Du, Sie, Euch.) note: this is the second time I've wanted to reach for an OED whilst chatting on an evolt list... we so intellectual. Erika >You is a left-over from the British being far too polite for their >own good. >Formerly You was the plural pronoun and Thou the singular. (compare tu >in french) >Only royalty got addressed as you.