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Re^10: MJD's Contract Warnings - courtesy of Perlweekly

by jdporter (Canon)
on Apr 21, 2015 at 18:35 UTC ( #1124170=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re^9: MJD's Contract Warnings - courtesy of Perlweekly
in thread MJDs Contract Warnings - courtesy of Perlweekly

I don't see how any of the words in the quote have anything to do with oaths and swearing -- words which to me are akin to "promise".

It makes more sense (imho) to think of "expletive" in its original (i.e. what I would consider its more proper) sense -- namely, filler.
Now, people (pretending to be grammarians) have come to equate "words which were inserted unnecessarily" with "words which should be stricken out".
And hence, any word you think shouldn't be there is now being called an expletive, even if your reasoning has nothing to do with superfluousness.
A better example of expletive, in this stricter/more proper sense, might be:

You know b....y well what a f.....g expletive is!
But in the quote, the fifth word is not filler. Rather, it is simply a vulgarity. It's not even obscene, let alone profane.

Now, the last word of the quote is a different matter, and y'all have already hashed that one quite to death.

I reckon we are the only monastery ever to have a dungeon stuffed with 16,000 zombies.
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Re^11: MJD's Contract Warnings - courtesy of Perlweekly
by chacham (Prior) on Apr 21, 2015 at 19:14 UTC

    Time for a battle of the dictionaries :)

    The OED link cited above does mention that some people are offended by intensifiers and some are not. Regardless, it is considered an expletive.

    Mind you, disagreeing about whether "expletive" was the correct word or not does not change the meaning of my comment. But, where would we be without the exactitude of the techies. :)

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