Re: Swearing in America We don't have the most variation in our swearing, whereas a lot of other languages have swears that capture more levels of intensity that just doesn't translate. The interesting thing about "fuck" though is it is just so flexible (in american dialects). You can use it as nearly every part of speech. As a result, however, we don't use much else. As a reader from America, the use of swears in American Gods sounded very natural to me. -A linguistics major
I agree. The glory of fuck is all the things you can do with it and all the things it can do. It’s an unbefuckinglievably useful swear word (used just there as an expletive infixation).
far be it for me to tell Neil Gaiman how to use words, but my understanding of infixation of “fucking” is that it immediately precedes the syllable with primary stress, so it would typically be “unfuckingbelievably” rather than “unbefuckinglievably” (unless you happen to pronounce the word “unbeLIEVable”)
sorry i’m a linguistics major and cursing is one of my interests, and i’ve never actually seen it pronounced or written that way before. i’m curious, is all.
Works for me…
Knew I’d heard it. I prefer it, probably because I love The Wire.