なもし : namoshi | define meaning
Region: Shikoku (Ehime: Matsuyama, Iyo)
- (Rare) A polite ending used to add emphasis to a phrase or sentence.
Refer to ぞなもし zonamoshi for details.
The ending なもし namoshi was popularized in Natsume Sōseki's novel titled 「坊っちゃん」 Botchan, which was inspired from his personal experience teaching at Matsuyama Middle school in 1895. The ending was transcribed as "na moshi" in Joel Cohn's 2005 English translation, published by Kodansha.
Today, the ending has mostly fallen out of use, all except in a few expressions such as the Matsuyama greeting ようおいでたなもし youoidetanamoshi.