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Re: Expletive (was: Odd construct)

From:Aquamarine Demon <aquamarine_demon@...>
Date:Thursday, October 18, 2001, 1:37
>The word originally meant "a filler (element)" << Latin: ex-ple:re "to >fill out". It was used first AFAIK to describe more or less meaningless words >inserted into verse to fill out the line. > >Thence it came also to be used to denote a word which carries no meaning >but serves only a grammatical purpose, e.g. _it_ is raining; _there_ are >three main causes; etc.
<snip> Could expletive also mean a swear word because they are often used as an empty filler? The Aquamarine Demon "When I hear somebody sigh, 'Life is hard,' I'm always tempted to ask, 'Compared to what?' " --------------------------------- Do You Yahoo!? Make a great connection at Yahoo! Personals.