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why does mensa also mean O table?" I inquired, "and what
does O table mean?" "Mensa, O table, is the vocative case,"
he replied. "But why O table?" I persisted in genuine curiosity. "O table -
you would use that in addressing a table, in invoking a table." And then seeing that he was not carrying me
with him, "You would use it in speaking to a table." "If you
are impertinent, you will be punished and punished let me tell you very
severely," was his conclusive rejoinder.
Winston Spencer Churchill, My early life: a roving commission (London
1930), p. 25
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