Quote of the day: Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman writing about an interview he did for BBC’s Radio 3 on the fifth (available here).

My favourite conversation about language and words was before we went on the air, when Ian told us not to swear (as Radio 3 is only allowed one serious swear word per show) and also not to answer any question with an enthusiastic “ABSOLUTELY!” (which is apparently what writers tend to do). And when I said that I thus presumed that “absofuckinglutely” was right out, Deborah Cameron (Rupert Murdoch Professor of Language and Communication at the University of Oxford) enthusiastically explained to me that swearing is the only example of infixing in the English language and I was happy, for I had learned something.

And just to save you the extra click on the “infixing” — it’s pretty self-explanatory, it means putting one word inside another.

Fanbloodytastic.

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