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bare life

Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben's concept for life that has been exposed to what he terms the structure of exception that constitutes contemporary biopower. The term originates in ...

Form of Address

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The Oxford Companion to the English Language (2 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2018
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Language reference, History of English, Linguistics
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1,919 words

...be used at all; forms of address tend instead to be terms of endearment ( baby, darling, honey ) or expressions of derision ( dickhead, idiot, stupid ), usually hostile and dismissive, but sometimes affectionate. At the impersonal end, such forms of address as sir and titles (bare or with surname) may be used: Excuse me, sir/Sir ; Doctor ( Kildare ), do you have a moment, please? ; Follow your orders, Captain ( Bligh ). All the forms of address discussed below occur at various points on this continuum. Names and titles With the loss of its th -forms...

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