Is it really a verb? Methinks, in usage it looks more like an interjection, or an adverb. Dart evader 14:36, 3 April 2006 (UTC)
- In modern usage you may be right. It goes back to an old causative double in germanic. In dutch an german they are still there (though little used):
- dunken - denken
- dünken - denken
Dunken is 'to make denk'. (Just like to set is to make sit) nl:Gebruiker:Jcwf
Why isn't methinks obsolete? In 1921, a book published by Harvard said it was. [Google Books Link]
- I think archaic might be a better label. In the U.S. I still hear and use methinks from time to time for its distinctive old-hickory effect. —Stephen 23:15, 5 January 2008 (UTC)
German forms - Further forms
This is a very old "twin" verb. Gothic þagkjan - past þâhta to think
þugkjan - past þûhta to seem - impersonal + dat.
Anglo-Saxon" þencan - þôhte - 3eþôht
þyncan - þûhte - 3eþûht - impers. + dat.
German denken - dâchte - gedâcht to think
dünken - es dünkt mich, dich, ihn, sie... - dauchte - es hat mich gedaucht to seem impers. + acc. mir deucht[e] is Subjunctive Imperfect [Konjunktiv II] wrongly spelt and wrongly used; correct däuchte = past tense
Online source: www.dwb.uni-trier.de - article: DÜNKEN .-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-
There should be more forms in English: theethinks, himthinks, herthinks, usthinks, youthinks, themthinks
but I lack resources to check.
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