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Pray forgive me!

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sacredceltic sacredceltic September 3, 2010 September 3, 2010 at 11:06:26 PM UTC link Permalink

I would like to know who tagged this as "archaic" and for which reason?
This phrase is used daily by millions of people. Why is that archaic in any way?

datrukup datrukup September 15, 2010 September 15, 2010 at 1:53:29 AM UTC link Permalink

It is considered archaic because speakers of modern English would say, "Please forgive me!" rather than "Pray forgive me!"

blay_paul blay_paul September 15, 2010 September 15, 2010 at 2:00:24 AM UTC link Permalink

Yeah, I've never heard anybody say "Pray forgive me." who wasn't in a historical movie.

sacredceltic sacredceltic September 15, 2010 September 15, 2010 at 10:38:32 AM UTC link Permalink

Well, maybe you should hang around with more grown-ups...

mccarras mccarras August 19, 2020 August 19, 2020 at 1:59:59 AM UTC link Permalink

Maybe it's a British thing? I've never heard it in the US and I'm in my 50's. I've read it a lot in novels and such.