I was just re-reading Preludes and Nocturnes, the first volume of Neil Gaiman's The Sandman. In the story titled The Sound of Her Wings, the following conversation takes place:
Death: You are utterly the stupidest, most self-centered, appallingest excuse for an anthropomorphic personification on this or any other plane!
Here's the part that interests me:
An infantile, adolescent, pathetic specimen!
What is the reason for "bolding" only certain parts of these words? Are we supposed to read them by placing stress on these parts, or is it something else?
The reason I ask is because I have never before seen only a part of work being highlighted, unless it was needed to point a mistake (oh, my dear essays).