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  • n. Plural form of vocative.


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  • To be honest, I figured this had to be a joke — a symbol that looks exactly like a face yelling something being used in vocatives (an expression identifying the addressee)?

    2008 April « Motivated Grammar

  • In most of the letters, romance remains not so much an undercurrent as a charming above-ground stream of salutations and vocatives: she is his “Darling,” he her “dear boy.”

    Theirs Truly: The Lowell-Bishop Letters

  • Either way, it's irrelevant to the question of whether Etruscan nouns in -i can become Latin nouns in -us (particularly via their corresponding vocatives in -e) as is already hinted by the examples of Latin nominative names Titus and Marcus (with vocatives Tite and Marce) versus Etruscan Tite and Marce (functioning at once as nominative, accusative and vocative).

    The etymology of Latin tofus 'tufa' isn't written in stone

  • This fact says nothing on how an unmarked Etruscan noun with lax word-final -i - being used grammatically as subject, object and vocative - would be perceived by the Roman ear considering Latin vocatives in -e.

    The etymology of Latin tofus 'tufa' isn't written in stone

  • Then be pleased to remember, Sir, that when my whining vocatives have subjected me to so much scorn and ridicule, it is time, were it but to imitate examples so excellent as you and my sister set me, that I should endeavour to assert my character, in order to be thought less an alien, and nearer of kin to you both, than either of you have of late seemed to suppose me.

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • You will see by it how much his vile hint from the Georgic; and his rude one of my whining vocatives, have set me up.

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • Your mother will not be permitted to be disturbed with your nothing-meaning vocatives! —

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • Your visiters, besides Mr. Solmes, will be myself, if you permit me that honour, Miss Clary; your sister; and, as you behave to Mr. Solmes, your aunt Hervey, and your uncle Harlowe; and yet the two latter will hardly come neither, if they think it will be to hear your whining vocatives. —

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • There are three vocatives in this verse, expressive, of course, of great surprise.

    The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 3 Books 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12

  • Last of all appeared Mrs. Jacox, who blushed as she shook hands with Earwaker, and for a time was ill at ease; but her vocatives were not long restrained, and when all sat down to the tea-table she chattered away with astonishing vivacity.

    Born in Exile


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  • Is this the first yo mamma joke ever?

    December 18, 2007

  • Your mamma will not be permitted to be disturbed by your nothing-meaning vocatives!

    James Harlowe, Jr. to Clarissa Harlowe, Clarissa by Samuel Richardson

    December 16, 2007