Amusing Literary Terms #5 - Tmesis

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Tmesis is the insertion of one or more words between the words that make up a compound phrase. For example: "what-so-ever" inserted in the middle of "whatever."

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It may not actually be a literary term but it is pretty amusing none-the-less.  And thinking about it I wonder if it can be used to describe the Australian practice of inserting the word "bloody" into other words: such as "abso-bloody-lutely".  Which then leads me to C.J. Dennis's poem "The Australaise".

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