Word of the Day

Thursday, January 31, 2013


The unusual Czech vocative of kámoš (pal, buddy, friend), kámo, reminds me of Greek declension. It is in Greek where the vocative loses the s (in the case of Czech, š, pronounced sh, close enough) of the nominative. A few Greek examples are patéras, vocative patéra, father; and psarás, vocative psará, fisherman. I wonder why kámo and not the more regular kámoši is used in the vocative. A tip of the hat to Romance languages?

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