A graffiti reading Make 'em pay in Minneapolis, Minnesota



  • Them (now only in unstressed position following a consonant).


  • From earlier hem, from Middle English hem, from Old English heom ("them") of hie, originally a dative plural form but in Middle English coming to serve as an accusative plural as well. Cognate with Dutch hun ("them"), German ihnen ("them").
  • Now often treated as a form of them, which however derives from Old Norse rather than Old English.

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