Sunday, 19 March 2017
M And DVDs
We experience linguistic changes. The Latin accusative ending is -m. Thus, "slave" is servus in the nominative case but servum in the accusative. The accusative -m survives in English in the words "him," "them" and "whom." However, we are ceasing to say "whom."
"'They lost who?'"
-SM Stirling, The Protector's War (New York, 2006), Chapter Seventeen, p. 486.
This does not even sound incorrect as "They lost she" would. And when we hear:
"Don't tell I, tell 'ee" (see here)
-we understand it and attribute it to a regional dialect.
The man who asks "They lost who?" wonders whether DVDs really would have replaced videotapes in an unChanged world, which is a good indicator or reminder of the state of technology at the time of the Change.