Voluntary subjunctive: I should have cocktailed.

F. Scott Fitzgerald Conjugates "to Cocktail"

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5 Responses:

  1. Tim says:

    Any language that does not have an imperative can consider itself to have failed in life.

    • Thomas Lord says:

      No less the subjunctive conditional!

      It strikes me that Fitzgerald offered no passive, though. "I was cocktailed as I was going about my business." Or, with a cheers gesture and a wink to the barkeep upon being served: "I am cocktailed!". At some bars the latter has an entirely different meaning, of course. Tourists need to be aware and precise when placing their orders.

  2. bq Mackintosh says:

    Remember the good old days when people had handwriting? I'd prattle on in mourning of the lost art, probably maudlinly, but that here I am typing in Helvetica (or gods forfend, Arial) in bright green on even brighter black on, of all things, the Internet.

    But anyway to my real point: jiminey, would ya just look at those ligatures on his lower case Ts? The two dramatic ones in the first graph are really something, but the one between might and have midway on the page is downright magnificent.

    • jwz says:

      Honestly, I don't remember that. I remember being 14 and one of my friends saying to me, "one of these days we gotta get you a lower case chip like my Apple ][ has."

  3. Elusis says:

    No future perfect, I see.

    We will be cocktailing at the Speakeasy on Friday.

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