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  • n. Plural form of expletive.

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Examples

  • His solo albums have been genuinely entertaining and well-produced, a fact that is particularly fortunate given that nearly all of the catchiest choruses to his songs contain expletives that can't be sung on the radio.

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  • What could be a forum for democratic discourse, instead is often just a place to drag “others” mindlessly through the mud, throwing in expletives they would probably self censor if they were actually talking in a pubic forum.

    Reactionary wing-nut sends national media on witch-hunt…

  • I've received many notes similar to yours, except many of them contain expletives that are beneath the level of a civil discussion.

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  • They're a bit particular about certain expletives.

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  • Sometimes two women in search of pails lay hold of the same pail at the same moment, and a wrangle ensues, in the course of which each disputant reminds the other of all her failings, nicknames, and undesirable connections, living, dead, and unborn; until an attendant interferes, with more muscle than argument, punctuating the sentence of justice with newly coined expletives suggested by the occasion.

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  • After all, one can listen to dubbed expletives only so many times before becoming annoyed.

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  • They think nothing wrong with slowing their vehicle to gawk at rare passing women -- one soldier guarding the gate, who apparently checked his manners there, had no qualms about offering me an extra thorough search (I managed to decline the little git, who seemed barely old enough to shave, without using expletives, which is a personal advancement for me).

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  • Other words there are, of which the sense is too subtile and evanescent to be fixed in a paraphrase; such are all those which are by the grammarians termed expletives, and, in dead languages, are suffered to pass for empty sounds, of no other use than to fill a verse, or to modulate a period, but which are easily perceived in living tongues to have power and emphasis, though it be sometimes such as no other form of expression can convey.

    The Works of Samuel Johnson, Volume 05 Miscellaneous Pieces

  • Other words there are, of which the sense is too subtle and evanescent to be fixed in a paraphrase; such are all those which are by the grammarians termed expletives, and, in dead languages, are suffered to pass for empty sounds, of no other use than to fill a verse, or to modulate a period, but which are easily perceived in living tongues to have power and emphasis, though it be sometimes such as no other form of expression can convey.

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  • Other people have just written it better, while I can’t seem to string together two sentences that don’t end in expletives.

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