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Frickin' Asshat

August 1, 2003

Tim Bray writes on neologisms, including "fricking":

Perhaps it's an obvious variation of frigging, but one doesn't feel the need in the English-language ecosystem for such a variation, and words don't typically get any traction unless they meet some need, if only for novelty. Admittedly, in a spoken diatribe, fricking sounds a bit more percussive; is that enough? Interestingly, frigging is almost always slurred into friggin', while in fricking the -ing is sounded out fully.

Posted by Jonah at August 1, 2003 1:29 PM