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  • n. Plural form of vocable.


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  • A lover of his native tongue will tremble to think what that tongue would have become, if all the vocables from the Latin and the Greek which were then introduced or endorsed by illustrious names, had been admitted on the strength of their recommendation; if ‘torve’ and ‘tetric’ (Fuller),

    English Past and Present

  • When we prepare (and, by default, reinterpret) a classic lobster thermidor, communicating with its 1891 inception on the Boulevard Saint-Denis in Paris, we are in effect creating our own elegy, our own dramatic monologue of the gustatory sort, the dead speaking to us in vocables and edibles and, dare I say, tongues.

    Poetry And Food

  • The beast beside me then, almost inaudibly, but intensely, uttered an approximation of human vocables.

    Cinnamon Roll

  • Can it mean experience of vocables, moods, other writing?

    Experience, Figuration, the Avant-Garde, My Grouse : Ange Mlinko : Harriet the Blog : The Poetry Foundation

  • In this effort, Rothenberg began to develop an approach he termed as “total translation,” meaning that he attempted to account in the English version for every element in the original language, including the so-called “meaningless” vocables, word distortions, and redundancies.

    Jerome Rothenberg

  • There are only a finite number of reasonably short vocables that can be pronounced by the human mouth and spelled in the Roman alphabet.


  • They looked at the angle formed by the steel blade, and described its action as repeating (faucher); and when it is remembered that the hulks are called the meadow (le pre), philologists must admire the inventiveness of these horrible vocables, as Charles Nodier would have said.

    Scenes from a Courtesan's Life

  • There are no lyrics to share with you; Gerrard uses “vocables,” nonsense verbal sounds that give her song structure, but without lyrical content.

    Tigers & Strawberries » Music in My Kitchen

  • An early sketch of a system of vocables for describing manipulations of a sine wave.

    April « 2007 « Alex McLean

  • I foresee many people suggesting pretty GUIs but hey… This project is all about the expressive power of letter combos, that goes for keypresses as well as vocables.

    August « 2007 « Alex McLean


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