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- n. Form of the complementizer related to the verb say, found in many languages of West Africa and South Asia.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Quoting; of the nature of quotation; noting quotation.
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By the use of quotative allusion the lyric attempts to borrow some of the emotive spark of cumming's poem, providing a kind of "link button" into a different but complementary space.
This quotative is particularly useful because it does not require the quote to be of actual speech (as 'she said' would, for instance).