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Costentin Cornomorus scripsit:

> English never did the politeness thing properly
> (we did it sort of half assed for a while and
> kind of gave up) yet most dialects still lost the
> distinction.

That's because the distinction (though not the actual words) was
borrowed from French: OE shows no trace of it.

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