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It’s quite interesting to observe the intensifying effect of splicing profanity into otherwise ordinary words. To insert a sound in the middle of a word is called infix, and the delightful infix of “fucking” into pedestrian exclamations is a fascinating phenomenon. The factors that determine where to place the infix in order to synthesize a linguistically fluid product come with some intriguing surprises. It’s fitting that as we’re dealing with “fucking”, it matters very much where you put it.

Without looking into examples, I would naturally assume that the “fucking” infix would wedge itself between root words and affixes. Keep together recognizable words as much as possible, and find natural breaks in compound words or the phonemes that indicate part of speech. If my model airplane doesn’t just fly, but crisply slices through the air, it’s aero-fucking-dynamic. We just split up the “aero” and “dynamic” along their natural borders and throw “fucking” in there where it fits comfortably.

This is not at all the case, as we see from “a-fucking-mazing”, and “in-fucking-credible.” What we see is that the root words are being broken up, and our favorite infix cares nothing for their cohesion. Rather, the stress pattern of the original word determines where “fucking” will occur. “Amazing” has stress on the middle syllable (a-MAZE-ing), so let’s assume that the infix comes before the stressed syllable. For “incredible” (in-CRED-i-ble) the infix also comes before the stressed syllable, CRED. Spacing the stressed syllables when placing the infix makes for a balanced word that is far more pleasing that something like “ab-fucking-solutely” or “ex-fucking-planation”. If you tend to have trouble tracking the stress pattern of muti-fucking-syllabic words, just slip our infix into the word where it fits most naturally and know that the stressed syllable follows- how con-fucking-venient! Need any further expla-fucking-nation? Abso-fucking-lutely not!

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Posted January 5, 2010 by Wada in Uncategorized

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