At first he serious’d…THEN HE LOLED.
[From Indestructible Hulk #6, 2013.]
The only reason I dislike reading Thor (and I usually don’t dislike reading Thor) is dialogue like this
Because it throws me right out of the story to be going BUT THAT SHOULD BE THY AND WHY ARE YOU EVEN USING THE SINGULAR OH MY GOD GRAMMAR IS NOT HARD
Actually “thine” instead of “thy” before a vowel-starting word was quite common. But why does “wouldst” have an apo’strphe? (:-P)
And, of course, th’art quite correct that he shouldn’t be using “thine” because the referent of the pronoun in his sentence is *plural* and thus the pronoun should be from the “you” family (or the “ye” variant theteof).
There’s two problems here: the plural/singular issue (yes, it should be “your” and not “thy/thine”), and then the fact that you don’t need to change “thy” to “thine” before a consonantal sound. “Unique” begins with a vowel glyph when we spell it, but it’s pronounced “y” - yoo-neek, a consonant sound. “Thine” before words beginning with a vowel (sound) isn’t just common, it’s a needed mutation for smooth speech, avoiding a glottal stop (“thy eyes”).
especially when they use the former instead of the latter.
Whether the weather be fine, or whether the weather be not, whether the weather be cold or whether the weather be hot, we’ll weather the weather, whatever the weather, whether we like it or not.