Let's reopen the question about Passf***ingport. I'm not sure why it was closed, but I am sure it has been redeemed (if redeeming it needed) by the answers. Moreover, and perhaps more relevant, is that an edit brought it square on-topic.

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The question has now been re-opened!

  • Yay! I'd like to see some non-taboo versions of tmesis though.
    – Mitch
    Dec 17, 2018 at 15:27
  • Passfreakingport!
    – Hugo
    Dec 17, 2018 at 15:28
  • ...or minced oath.
    – Mitch
    Dec 17, 2018 at 15:30
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    That's a whole nother thing.
    – Hugo
    Dec 17, 2018 at 15:32

This is only my opinion: The question cannot be answered in a few hundred words. By the time I was 10 years old, I understood the mechanism in question here. In another 15 years I think I understood that the mechanism should not be employed except by those authorized.

Essentially, it took a lot of years to gain a basic understanding of "authority" in this regard.

For example, in the military a person directly overseeing some activity might declare:

"Afuckinbout face....get adamnboard!"

There would normally be no question of his authority to insert intensifiers inside a word. However, were a senior officer present within hearing distance, this "authorized person" might consider his authority had some limits, and, abandon the intensifiers.

Hundreds of such examples might be offered to explain "authority" here. The only possible written answer would be "don't do it" , at least until solid understanding of "authority" be gained. That would required years of English language experience. "Unauthorized" use can lead to being put "afuckinpon" by some who do not recognize the user's "authority", as in fact happened to the OP.

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    Are you sure you didn't mean this for the 'main' question about tmesis?
    – Mitch
    Dec 19, 2018 at 12:31
  • @Mitch.... I meant this answer as an explanation, opinion, as to why the original question probably could not be easily answered, and should have stayed closed.
    – J. Taylor
    Dec 19, 2018 at 16:57
  • "Upon" not "apon".
    – Al Maki
    Dec 19, 2018 at 23:54
  • @Al Maki.. of course, but, generally it ain't "ufuckinpon" but "Afiuckinpon"
    – J. Taylor
    Dec 19, 2018 at 23:57

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