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Chris -- 2018-04-11
A few hours ago, in an online discussion, a friend of mine said “explicitive” when she clearly meant “expletive”. I’d never heard this one before and I like it quite a bit, as both the pronunciation similarity and the meaning connection are very clear. I think this is the first mention of it in the Forum, though it is briefly mentioned in this 2005 Eggcorn Database entry on a related form, “explicative”.
Explicitive is better than explicative for me. When I am expleting I am usually not explaining something people were not aware of or didn’t understand, but I am fairly often being explicit about aspects of it that would not usually be mentioned out loud or directly in public.
*If the human mind were simple enough for us to understand,
we would be too simple-minded to understand it* .