Erikativ

GermanEdit

EtymologyEdit

Named for Erika Fuchs, who translated Mickey Mouse comics into German and used the form frequently.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

Erikativ m

  1. (humorous) the inflective verb form; the "erikative"/"ericative", which is the verb stem without any personal ending, and which is used to imitate a sound or indicate that an action is occurring

Usage notesEdit

Lach and seufz are examples of the form; these words are used where someone writing in English chatspeak would write *laugh* or *sigh*. Unlike English, it is not possible in German to use that form without any personal ending; for instance, the English "You laugh" is in German "du lachst".

Last modified on 25 August 2013, at 10:02