You vs Baffle - What's the difference?
As a verb baffle is
(obsolete) to publicly disgrace, especially of a recreant knight.
As a noun baffle is
a device used to dampen the effects of such things as sound, light, or fluid specifically, a baffle is a surface which is placed inside an open area to inhibit direct motion from one part to another, without preventing motion altogether.
* ya, yah, yer, yeh, y', yo, yu (informal or eye dialect)
* yoo (eye dialect)
* youe, yow, yowe (obsolete)
(object pronoun) The people spoken, or written to, as an object.
* 1611 , Bible , Authorized (King James) Version. Genesis XLII:
* (William Shakespeare), Richard III :
- And Joseph said unto them, That is it that I spake unto you , saying, Ye are spies [...].
* 1611 , Bible , Authorized (King James) Version. Genesis XIX:
- If I may counsaile you, some day or two / Your Highnesse shall repose you at the Tower [...].
* 1975 , Joseph Nazel, Death for Hire :
- And Lot went out, and spake unto his sons in law, which married his daughters, and said, Up, get you out of this place; for the LORD will destroy this city.
(object pronoun) The person spoken to or written to, as an object. (Replacing thee; originally as a mark of respect.)
* (Thomas Malory), Le Morte Darthur , Book VIII:
- You'd better get you a gun and kill him before he kills you or somebody.
(subject pronoun) The people spoken to or written to, as a subject. (Replacing ye.)
- I charge you , as ye woll have my love, that ye warne your kynnesmen that ye woll beare that day the slyve of golde uppon your helmet.
- Both of you should get ready now.
(subject pronoun) The person spoken to or written to, as a subject. (Originally as a mark of respect.)
* (Geoffrey Chaucer), "The Clerk's Tale", Canterbury Tales , Ellesmere manuscript (c. 1410):
- You are all supposed to do as I tell you.
* 1814 , (Jane Austen), Mansfield Park :
- certes lord / so wel vs liketh yow / And al youre werk / and euere han doon / þat we / Ne koude nat vs self deuysen how / We myghte lyuen / in moore felicitee [...].
(indefinite personal pronoun) Anyone, one; an unspecified individual or group of individuals (as subject or object).
* 2001 , Polly Vernon, The Guardian , 5 May 2001:
- You' are right, Fanny, to protest against such an office, but ' you need not be afraid.
- You' can't choose your family, your lovers are difficult and volatile, but, oh, ' you can choose your friends - so doesn't it make much more sense to live and holiday with them instead?
* Originally, , respectively.)
* In some forms of English, are all but nonexistent.
* Although , or youse (though not all of these are completely equivalent or considered Standard English).
* The pronoun is usually omitted in imperative sentences, but need not be. In affirmative imperatives, it may be included before the verb (You go right ahead''; ''You stay out of it''); in negative imperatives, it may be included either before the ''don't'', or, more commonly, after it (''Don't you dare go in there''; ''Don't you start now ).
* See for other personal pronouns.
*: yer (UK eye dialect)
*: all of you (plural)
*: you all
*: you + number
*: y'all, all y'all (Southern US)
*: ya'll (AAVE)
*: you-uns (Midwestern US and Appalachia)
*: you guys/you gals
*: you lot (UK)
*: allyou (Caribbean)
*: yer (UK eye dialect)
* , ye, to you, to thee, to ye
* ye, to you, to ye, to you all
* (one) one, people, they, them
The individual or group spoken or written to.
Used before epithets for emphasis.
- Have you gentlemen come to see the lady who fell backwards off a bus?
- You idiot!
To address (a person) using the pronoun you'', rather than ''thou .
(obsolete) To publicly disgrace, especially of a recreant knight.
* 1596 , (Edmund Spenser), The Faerie Queene , VI.7:
(obsolete) To hoodwink or deceive (someone).
- He by the heeles him hung upon a tree, / And baffuld so, that all which passed by / The picture of his punishment might see […].
To bewilder completely; to confuse or perplex.
- I am baffled by the contradictions and omissions in the instructions.
* John Locke
- calculations so difficult as to have baffled , until within a recent period, the most enlightened nations
- The mere intricacy of a question should not baffle us.
- the art that baffles time's tyrannic claim
To struggle in vain.
- a suitable scripture ready to repel and baffle them all
- A ship baffles with the winds.
* See also
A device used to dampen the effects of such things as sound, light, or fluid. Specifically, a baffle is a surface which is placed inside an open area to inhibit direct motion from one part to another, without preventing motion altogether.
An architectural feature designed to confuse enemies or make them vulnerable.
- Tanker trucks use baffles to keep the liquids inside from sloshing around.