pronoun , plural these
- The thing, item, etc. being indicated.
Etymology: < íis (neuter demonstrative) < North Sea Germanic base (that) < Proto-Germanic that < Proto-Indo-European tod-, extended form of demonstrative base to-; + North Sea Germanic definitive suffix -s < Proto-Indo-European base so- (this, that).
- This is the excellent foppery of the world, that, when we are sick in fortune,"often the surfeit of our own behaviour,"we make guilty of our disasters the sun, the moon, and the stars; as if we were villains on necessity; fools by heavenly compulsion; knaves, thieves, and treachers by spherical pre-dominance; drunkards, liars, and adulterers by an enforced obedience of planetary influence; and all that we are evil in, by a divine thrusting on: an admirable evasion of whoremaster man, to lay his goatish disposition to the charge of a star! My father compounded with my mother under the dragon's tail, and my nativity was under ursa major; so that it follows I am rough and lecherous."Tut! I should have been that I am, had the maidenliest star in the firmament twinkled on my bastardizing. " Shakespeare, King Lear, http://en.wikisource.org/w/index.php?title=The_Tragedy_of_King_Lear&action=edit§ion=4 Act 1. Scene 2.
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