How words became expletives


A Expletively (das) is an unnecessary filler word for the sense of a sentence. Such a word has no influence on the truthfulness of a statement and is usually stylistically out of place in written language. However, serve in the spoken language Expletive to an improvement of the speech rhythm and, if necessary, allow conclusions to be drawn about the mood and posture of the speaker.

If you compare the two sentences, for example

Your television is very big.


Your TV is on but very large.

both express that the speaker thinks the television is very large, i.e. the key message remains unchanged. The second sentence, however, sounds surprised or puzzled.

Further examples of such filler words are: well, yes, to a certain extent, even, halt, eh and connections such as “but also”.

The term Expletively finds its origin in Latin explere (to complete).

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