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ex Class X, John Macdonald, A Naval, Military and Political Telegraphic Dictionary, Numerically Arranged on a Very Comprehensive Scale, and calculated to express (Whitehall, 1817)
Thinking about the vocative you while reading Lydia Tomkiw (1959-2007, *) her The Dreadful Swimmers (1989), e.g.,

You’ve made a lot of mistakes in your life
But this one keeps you company.

You comes with an attitude, a challenge, a confidence that someone else might usefully try I on for size. A something I don’t have, and don’t use.

27 October 2012
tags: apropos of nothing; telegraphic; the vocative; thereby hangs a tale; Lydia Tomkiw; John Macdonald