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Why he talked in plural?

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Hi, everyone!

Before I ask, I have to say this was an excellent episode. It was almost perfect, I enjoyed every minute I played of it. Bravo, Telltale! You have topped yourselves once again!

But I have to ask something, and sorry if it has been asked before. But I was wondering... Why Sammun-Nak kept talking in plural all the time? Anybody know?

Thanks in advance!

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  • He was employing the "majestic plural" -- or in layman's terms, the "Royal 'We'."

  • That's the way royal people speak. Haven't you ever heard it before?

  • Very interesting. No, to be honest, WE haven't heard it before :p

    Thanks for the info, guys! I thought he was crazy or something...

    By the way, anyone else find it funny that an egyptian kid talked with english accent? :D Loved the kid, and his voice too, but I just find it curious.

  • Considering Cleopatra was actually greek, I don't really care.

  • @Trenchfoot said:
    By the way, anyone else find it funny that an egyptian kid talked with english accent? :D Loved the kid, and his voice too, but I just find it curious.



    To me is seemed perfectly natural. For instance like Prince of Persia; when Eastern royals are educated to speak English to an extremely high standard.

  • When the English language was younger, there were two forms of pronoun when speaking in the first and in the second person. There was the singular/common form and the plural/regal form. In the first person, if one were to talk about themselves to an equal or to someone of higher stature, they would use "I". If they were speaking to someone of much lower social standing (such as a king to a petitioner), they would use "we".

    Likewise, with the second person pronouns. If one speaks to someone of greater social standing or to a group, one would refer to them as "you". On the other hand if one were speaking to a single person of equal or lesser standing, one would use "thee/thou".

    As the language evolved, people simplified the use of pronouns. Made it very egalitarian, if I may say so.

    Yes, that was a completely useless fact. But it did expand your horizons a bit, didn't it?

  • @Trenchfoot said: By the way, anyone else find it funny that an egyptian kid talked with english accent? :D Loved the kid, and his voice too, but I just find it curious.

    He reminds me on the German dubbed Cleopatra here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cF0uhjkPpZ0#t=2m17s
    She has a very similar accentuation. She does not use that "we", although it would have worked their too.
    The royal we is also commonly used in German. You also address the highness in the plural form. And the highness may address the subject in the 3rd person.

  • @Trenchfoot said: Very interesting. No, to be honest, WE haven't heard it before :p

    Thanks for the info, guys! I thought he was crazy or something...

    By the way, anyone else find it funny that an egyptian kid talked with english accent? :D Loved the kid, and his voice too, but I just find it curious.



    Heck, I'm surprised he could speak English, forget the accent! What was English like, 5000 years ago? Was it just "Germanic" or something back then?

  • @Lena_P said: Heck, I'm surprised he could speak English, forget the accent! What was English like, 5000 years ago? Was it just "Germanic" or something back then?



    Well, the Proto-Germanic language didn't even exist until 3000 years ago.

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