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My association with the words

whomsoever
whosoever

has been through the Bible, more modern day they have become

whomever
whoever

As an example, John 13:20

He that receiveth whomsoever I send receiveth me. (King James Version)
he who receives whomever I send receives Me (New American Standard)

The New American Standard version is a more "modern" translation.

When and why did the "so" disappear?
I have tried searching, but can find when/why the change occurred.

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    Here's the full set of such words from the OED: however, howsoever, howsomever, ifsoever, whatever, whatsoever, whatsomever, whencesoever, whencever, whenever, whensoever, whensomever, whereinsoever, wheresoever, wheresomever, wherever, whethersoever, whichever, whichsoever, whilever, whithersoever, whoever, whomever, whomsoever, whomsomever, whosesoever, whosever, whosoever, whosomever, whyever. – tchrist Nov 6 '16 at 17:06
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    Warm welcome to ELU. The so still appears on "whatsoever" which means "at all" for emphasis in a negative sentence. I don't think it has disappeared yet but usage has declined over the years. , – user140086 Nov 6 '16 at 17:15
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    It's been pinched to start sentences. – Edwin Ashworth Nov 6 '16 at 17:40
  • @EdwinAshworth "Pinched"? Shortened? – Peter Nov 6 '16 at 17:42
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    Nabbed. Appropriated. Sequestered. Filched. (I am not suggesting this for serious consideration.) – Edwin Ashworth Nov 6 '16 at 19:08
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Whosoever and whomsoever derive from the archaic Middle English pronouns "whoso, whomso". Their usage is still present but it is less common and formal. According to Ngram "whoever and whomever" have been more widely used since the mid 18th century.

  • whoso took such things into account was a fool’

    • archaic term for whoever

Whosoever:

  • pronoun;, (possessive whosesoever; objective whomsoever.)

Origin:

  • 1175-1225 - Middle English; From: whoso + ever

ODO

  • Thank you, but why the change? – Peter Nov 6 '16 at 20:20
  • @Peter - why in the mid of the 18th century writers stared to prefer whoever to whosoever is hard tell, maybe whosoever was considered more formal also at that time being commonly found in books like the Bibble for instance. – user66974 Nov 6 '16 at 20:24

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