[Ads-l] LFG and Ben Zimmer

Andy Bach afbach at GMAIL.COM
Thu Jan 30 21:47:52 UTC 2020

The strong language blog has a new post on Elizabeth Warren' (from Megan
Rapinoe) new slogan "You and Me, LFG"

when they wanted an expert opinion:
"So WTF would you call the “F” in “LFG” as used by Megan Rapinoe, Elizabeth
Warren, et al.? I asked Ben Zimmer, because I know my fucking limits.
Here’s his reply:

I’d just call it an intensifier, since it’s the same kind of “fucking” we
see in “That’s fucking how,” “I fucking know,” etc. (Linguists might also
call it an emphatic discourse marker.) When it’s inserted into a set
expression like “let’s go,” it does function a bit like an infix (cf. Lana
Del Fucking Rey



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