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Sep. 2nd, 2009

12:08 am - To fucking go where no asshole has gone before

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I forget what context it was in, but earlier today I saw someone use the phrase, "Way to fucking go!"

Now I wonder how people who mistakenly believe that there's a rule in English against splitting an infinitive would have that sentence reworded.

"Way fucking to go"? "Way to go fucking"?

"Fucking way to go" would certainly be unacceptable, as it would transform the adverb "fucking", modifying "go", into an adjective modifying "way".

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From:athelind
Date:September 2nd, 2009 06:42 am (UTC)
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No, I think "fucking way to go" IS the proper construction. "Fucking" SHOULD be an adjective in this context.

Which way is it to go? The FUCKING way.
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:September 2nd, 2009 07:39 am (UTC)
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But but but I'm trying to ridicule anti-splitters here.
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From:darksasami
Date:September 2nd, 2009 10:08 am (UTC)
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I'm pretty sure the correct answer is "Way, fucking, to go." Which could be confused for "Way, Fucking, to go," which would be a sardonic remark addressed to the town of Fucking, Austria, but, well, you pays your money and you takes your chances, and I'm not sure that the town understands English anyway.
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From:thecanuckguy
Date:September 2nd, 2009 09:54 pm (UTC)
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Oh, they understand English all right. At least they understand why English tourist snicker when hearing of them and why most of their town budget is spent replacing the frequently-stolen town sign.
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From:lilacstarprint
Date:September 2nd, 2009 01:03 pm (UTC)
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I think this is one of those cases of 'you know that you're too smart for your own good when you feel the desire to grammarize the swears.'

Besides, the fucking swear's not true-fucking-ly impressive til you can split the fucking one-syllable words with a swear seamlessly. (2 uncles were once very adept at this.)
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From:xydexx
Date:September 2nd, 2009 01:05 pm (UTC)
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"Go to Fucking Austria!"
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From:hartree
Date:September 2nd, 2009 02:20 pm (UTC)

Another well known example:

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"To boldly go where no man has gone before."

Else it would be:

"To go boldly where no man has gone before."

Some might prefer it, but it just wouldn't be James T. Kirk.



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From:pandoras_closet
Date:September 4th, 2009 03:47 am (UTC)

Re: Another well known example:

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"And yes, I have gone where no man has gone before, BUT, I was in Mexico and her father gave me permission!"
-William Shatner, The I am Canadian Rant
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From:trudyscousin
Date:September 2nd, 2009 02:33 pm (UTC)
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I think the way it was used in the original context was as an intensifier for 'go.' As you said, your 'unacceptable' form does sound pejorative.
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From:deckardcanine
Date:September 2nd, 2009 04:21 pm (UTC)
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You mean it's not an interjection? Maybe even a breather for some?
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From:deckardcanine
Date:September 2nd, 2009 07:43 pm (UTC)
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BTW, I just happened upon this comment at Cinnematical:

"Fuckin' Kevin fuckin' Smith is the fuckin' reason why fuckin' every fuckin' college guy fuckin' talks like a fuckin' tool. Fuckin' listening to fuckin' people like fuckin' that is fuckin' infuriating. Fuck."
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:September 2nd, 2009 11:37 pm (UTC)
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"...'n shit!"

I recall a guy from college who could barely speak a sentence without putting three "fuckin'"s in it and ending it with "'n shit".
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From:thecanuckguy
Date:September 2nd, 2009 09:57 pm (UTC)
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"Fuck" is probably the only word that can be a noun, adjective, adverb, verb, prefix, suffix, infix, interjection, what am I fucking missing?
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:September 2nd, 2009 11:38 pm (UTC)
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It's also a floor wax *and* a dessert topping!
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From:kohath
Date:September 3rd, 2009 04:45 pm (UTC)
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Well, if there's a rule against splitting the infinitive, then the infinitive is just a single word that happens to be spelled with a space, and 'fucking' is just an everyday infixed fucative. ;)
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:September 3rd, 2009 11:18 pm (UTC)
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Or, for short, an infux! Brilliant!
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From:matthias_wave
Date:September 4th, 2009 04:57 pm (UTC)
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Sorry to inject some SRS where it certainly doesn't need to be (this post is awesome), but you know, I think that's the only reasonable explanation for disallowing split infinitives that I've ever seen.
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From:deckardcanine
Date:September 17th, 2009 05:41 pm (UTC)
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BTW, my family laughed when I related this post.
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From:akktri
Date:December 22nd, 2009 06:18 am (UTC)
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"You girls go f*** yourselves. I'm going upstairs to take a tinkle."
-George Carlin.
The question is, in which direction did they want to f***ing-go?
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