In a blog article posted by Joel Spolsky, there is a sentence saying "Ye Olde Timers got Ye Olde Tired of this." I don't know what the meaning is. I've checked the definition of "Ye olde" in wiki, but still couldn't understand. English is not my native language; can anyone explain the meaning to me?
"Ye Olde" is a humorous way of making something look "ancient" when it really is not. The word "Ye" is actually a scribal abbreviation for the word "The", presumably because it is faster / more efficient to write "Ye" by hand rather than "The", especially since any text will have many instances of the common word "the".
Many other words are give a final silent "e"in an attempt to make them appear to be spelled "in the old way" ("ye olde waye").
Sometimes the final consonant before the appended silent e is doubled for greater effect. ("ye olde wayye")
The humor derives from using so-called "ancient-looking" spellings for modern words or ideas.
By using "Ye Olde..." in his blog post, Joel Spolsky is signaling the topic is very old, ancient in time span of computer users.
EDIT: Joel's blog post is bemoaning newbies asking questions that have been answered many times before
This irritates people who have repeatedly been answering those questions for a long time i.e. "Ye Olde Timers".
Ye olde is an expression that means an era that has passed, but with a pseudo-old-english language. The word ye is not actually an old english word, but a misreading of the actual middle english þe (the), which looks similar to ye in handwriting.
An old-timer is an expression for a veteran or elderly people. "Ye olde tired" is just a wordplay on the expression in the beginning of the sentence.
So, it means "The veterans got tired of this", expressed with a tone of old times, and a bit of humor.
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