‘Fucking shut the fuck up’

The only thing not to appreciate about this analysis is the gratuitous digs at Van Morrison.

The main syntactic problem is to determine whether the fuck is being used as an [sic] pleonastic (semantically empty) direct object of shut or as a pre-head modifier of the preposition phrase (PP) headed by up. (Yes, the up of shut up is a one-word PP. It is not an adverb — all the traditional grammars are flat wrong on that…

I conclude that in colloquial English the NP the fuck (and it does indeed have the form of an NP) can function as a pre-head modifier in a PP, including the light one-word PPs (like up) that are known as particles.” (LanguageLog)

Can anyone think of a construction similar to this use of “…the fuck…” other than “…the hell…”?

One thought on “‘Fucking shut the fuck up’

  1. Charles 30 Jul 09 / 1.52 pm

    Some modern grammarians consider phases like “shut up” or “put up with” to be multi-word verbs (conveniently invalidating the admonition against ending a sentence with a preposition). In that context, I would consider “the fuck” to be an intensifier for the verb “shut up”.

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