One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘she let out an expletive and slammed the phone down’
swear word, oath, curse, obscenity, profanity, epithet, imprecation, four-letter word, exclamation
bad language, foul language, strong language, swearing
informal dirty word
North American informal cuss word, cuss
2‘expletives are employed for the sake of the metre, not the sense’
filler, fill-in, stopgap, meaningless phrase, meaningless word, redundant phrase, redundant word, superfluous phrase, superfluous word, unnecessary phrase, unnecessary word
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