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Thank you for this beautifully researched article. I have often wondered why we have only a "you" in the English language, whereas we have both formal and informal words in many languages around the globe. I use the formal term when I speak in my first language, and hence when I speak in French to a new person I often use "vous." Many times I have been corrected and asked to please use "tu." Is it just to be more relaxed or is it also considered a little insulting—too formal—and that is why they ask me to revert to "tu"? Thanks.