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Old 03-03-2008, 01:10 AM
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The "cartoon swear" @#$!!**@#$ Is there a specific term for this?

I have done a bit of searching for this name, term, whatever and have been unable to find it. It must have a specific term and I hope that some Doper(s) already know it or can easily find it.
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Old 03-03-2008, 03:29 AM
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I can't answer that, but I always thought it'd make a great name for a comic book shop. Not sure how they'd answer their phones though.
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Old 03-03-2008, 04:17 AM
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According to this, it's called "maledicta". Other references to the swear symbols being called maledicta, though, seem to be few on the ground.
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Old 03-03-2008, 07:32 AM
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Mort Walker coined the term "maledicta," and quite a few others* for various comic strip lettering and drawing conventions. It was meant ironically, but some of the names caught on among comic artists. I wouldn't say the terms were standard, but they're probably more common than any other.

*The Wikipedia makes it unclear, but I've seem Walker's article and he did use "maledicta," too. It's from the latin for bad words; there's even a journal for the study of curse words called "Maledicta."
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Old 03-03-2008, 12:47 PM
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The term I've heard used before was "Grawlix" which was also coined by Mort Walker. Same reference as previous post.

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Old 03-03-2008, 06:48 PM
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Thanks for all the replies. I was hoping there was a more definitive term.
Heck, there's even a term, tmesis for putting a word within another word as in unbloodybelievable.
Since this is "the Dope", I'll bet the majority of the members probably knew that anyway.
Well, thanks for the research.
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Old 03-03-2008, 07:03 PM
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Thanks for all the replies. I was hoping there was a more definitive term.
Heck, there's even a term, tmesis for putting a word within another word as in unbloodybelievable.
Since this is "the Dope", I'll bet the majority of the members probably knew that anyway.
Actually, that's called an infix.

i.e. unfuckingbelievable,
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Old 03-03-2008, 07:15 PM
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I have done a bit of searching for this name, term, whatever and have been unable to find it. It must have a specific term and I hope that some Doper(s) already know it or can easily find it.
Thanks.
Ironically, it's called the shitfuckasscunt.
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Old 03-03-2008, 11:24 PM
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samclem, to be more specific, those are examples of an Expletive Infixation.
As the article states, these could be considered a type of tmesis (as I incorrectly stated), but it does not meet the strictest definition of that term, in that the altered word must be a compound word.

Thanks for the clarification.
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