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January 3, 2013 / Kelly


(or a different f-word if you have a potty mouth)

This is how I’d describe my mood today. And, using the word fan-frickin-tastic serves as a segue to a mini-lesson about tmesis.

                                 ~ TMESIS ~

  • pronunciation: \(tə-)ˈmē-səs\
  • my definition: a word that has another word stuck in the middle of it (many times the middle word is the f word, and I don’t mean frickin)
  • Mirriam-Webster’s: separation of parts of a compound word by the intervention of one or more words 

So, the word  fan-frickin-tastic is an example of a tmesis. Another comes from William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet: “This is not Romeo, he’s some other where.” Finally, Chris Farley‘s, “Lah-di-freakin-dah” on Saturday Night Live


Gimme some more examples of tmesis words!



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