dammit vs damned it vs damn it vs damnit

RoberTys

New Member
Spanish
Which options are most common for writing dialogue in a novel?

dammit
damned it
damn it
damnit

goddammit
goddamned it
goddamn it
goddamnit
 
  • RoberTys

    New Member
    Spanish
    As always, please provide a full sentence and context.
    Thanks. :)
    Sorry! Here:

    “Sorry, Mr. Smith. I forgot Rick’s scarf,” he apologized. “It’s goddamn hot in here.”

    “Damn it, kid. I said I don't want it.”

    "Values are the most important thing, goddamnit. Goddamn values.”
     

    Wordy McWordface

    Senior Member
    SSBE (Standard Southern British English)
    "Damn it" :tick:
    "God damn it!" :tick:
    These are normal exclamations.


    "Dammit!" :tick:
    "Dammit!" :tick:
    These are just an informal way of writing the same exclamations by running the two words together as if they were one word.


    "Damnit" :confused:
    "Goddamnit!" :confused: :confused:
    The do exist, apparently, but they seem illogical. The purpose of the one-word versions is to imitate how the words sound, so I can't see any point in writing them as if you had to say the 'n' the middle. As HG says, "Damnit" sounds like you're cursing a headlouse egg (Damn nit!).


    "Damned it!" :cross:
    "God damned it!" :cross:
    These are just wrong.
     

    Uncle Jack

    Senior Member
    British English
    Sorry! Here:

    “Sorry, Mr. Smith. I forgot Rick’s scarf,” he apologized. “It’s goddamn hot in here.”

    “Damn it, kid. I said I don't want it.”

    "Values are the most important thing, goddamnit. Goddamn values.”
    You have two separate uses here:
    1. As an intensifier:
      It's goddamn hot
      Goddamn values
    2. As an expression of frustration:
      Damn it, kid.
      Values are the most important thing, goddamnit.
    As you can see, the first use does not use "it" at all. Personally, I would only use "damned" or "goddamned" in such a use, but I think it would be odd to insist that you need a participle. There is no "it".

    For "damn it" or "goddamn it" (which are the "standard" spellings), I have little to add to what Glasguensis and Wordy say, except to note that the WR dictionary rather curiously has "goddamnit" but not "goddammit". I would never dream of spelling it "goddamnit". With "dammit"/"damnit", the WR dictionary only has the former. My spell checker doesn't like "godamnit" but it is happy with all the other spellings.
     
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