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    #1

    Is there a word for ..?

    Can someone out there please help?
    Is there an English word for inserting an expletive in the middle of an everyday word?
    E.g. abso-bloody-lutely


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    #2

    Re: Is there a word for ..?

    Simply put, the word for that would be 'slang'. Keep in mind that your example would be highly in-appropriate in most situations.


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    Re: Is there a word for ..?

    Thanks for that, I do realise how colloquial the question sounded, I can only say that it is a genuine question which stemmed from a linguistic discussion of the modern English language.
    Again thanks for your help.


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    #4

    Re: Is there a word for ..?

    Does anyone else know if there is such a aword please?

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    #5

    Re: Is there a word for ..?

    Sorry to differ, but 'abso-bloody-lutely' is not slang, because slang is vocabulary used by a specific group of people, whereas anyone, anywhere, may insert a swear word into another word for emphasis.

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    Re: Is there a word for ..?

    The term you are looking for does exist, and it's a very long and grand-sounding term at that. I know, because I have been told it on several occasions.

    Unfortunately, it is so long and grand-sounding that I can't remember what it is. But it does exist.

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    #7

    Re: Is there a word for ..?

    I found it!

    It's called "expletive infixation".

    I shall now commit this to memory.

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