October 24th, 2007


Talking like a Quaker

In a spirit of whimsy, today has been nominated as Talk like a Quaker Day. Originally Quakers used 'thee' and 'thy' which are the singular of 'you' and 'your' as an indication of equality. This would be be similar in French to using 'tu' instead of 'vous' which can still be considered impolite if someone hasn't given permission to 'tutoyer' them. It appears that this form was already becoming obsolete by the time Quakers started using it so it may have served more as a badge of identification, like their plain dress.

When thinking about something Quakerly to say, I remembered a piece I read in the Young Quaker magazine. I can't remember it verbatim, but from experience I can certainly come up with something with the same substance:

The bi-weekly meeting to confirm the agenda for the preparative meeting has had to be postponed since the time clashed with the bi-monthly elders and overseers meeting discussing the progress on actions from the last two monthly meetings.