Expletive infixationExpletive infixation
is a process by which an expletive
is inserted into a word, usually for intensification. Strictly speaking, it is an example of tmesis
rather than infixation, since true infixes are bound morphemes
The most commonly inserted expletives are adjectival: either participles (fucking, mother-fucking, blooming, bleeding, damned) or adjectives (bloody). They are usually somewhat phonetically reduced (fuckin).
The insertion occurs at a syllable boundary, usually just before the stressed syllable. Thus, one hears abso-fuckin-lutely rather than ab-fuckin-solutely. This is not a strict rule, however; un-fuckin-believable is sometimes heard.
- guaran-damn-tee (Southwest American slang)
- "Ah, so loverly, sittin' abso-bloomin'-lutely still..." (from the song "Wouldn't It Be Loverly?" in the musical My Fair Lady)
- "the emanci-mother-fuckin-pator of the slaves" (from the musical Hair)