tmesis

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Etymology[edit]

Coined 1586, from Late Latin tmēsis, from Ancient Greek τμῆσις (tmēsis, a cutting), from τέμνω (temnō, I cut).

Cognates include Bulgarian тмезис (tmezis), Dutch tmesis, Finnish tmeesi, French tmèse, German Tmesis, Greek τμήσις (tmísis), Italian tmesi, Polish tmeza, Portuguese tmese, Russian тмезис (tmezis), Serbo-Croatian тмеза and tmeza, Spanish tmesis, and many more others.

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Noun[edit]

tmesis (plural tmeses)

  1. (prosody) The insertion of one or more words between the components of a compound word.
Examples

How bright the chit and chat, inserting and into chit-chat
Abso-fucking-lutely, insertion of swear word fucking into absolutely
A whole nother, a technically erroneous, but common insertion.

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Latin[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek τμῆσις (tmēsis, a cutting), from τέμνω (temnō, I cut).

Noun[edit]

tmēsis f (genitive tmēsis); third declension

  1. (grammar) The separation of a word, tmesis.

Inflection[edit]

Third declension i-stem.

Number Singular Plural
nominative tmēsis tmēsēs
genitive tmēsis tmēsium
dative tmēsī tmēsibus
accusative tmēsem tmēsēs
tmēsīs
ablative tmēse tmēsibus
vocative tmēsis tmēsēs

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References[edit]

  • tmesis in Charlton T. Lewis & Charles Short, A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1879