Definitions for tmesisˈmi sɪs, təˈmi-
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tme•sisˈmi sɪs, təˈmi-(n.)
the interpolation of one or more words between the parts of a compound word, as be thou ware for
Origin of tmesis:
1580–90; < LL tmēsis < Gk tmḗsis a cutting =tmē-, var. s. of témnein to cut +-sis -sis
The insertion of one or more words between the components of a compound word.
the separation of the parts of a compound word by the intervention of one or more words; as, in what place soever, for whatsoever place
Tmesis is a linguistic phenomenon in which a word or phrase is separated into two parts, with other words interrupting between them. For example, "'Wel-diddly-elcome", is a signature phrase of fictional character Ned Flanders', where a nonsense word is inserted. Note the reduplication of part of the host word. Another example is the recurring phrase by Barney Stinson on How I Met Your Mother."Legen-wait for it-dary", in which the phrase "wait for it" is inserted into the word Legendary.
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