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Is something being omitted here? Is it just a figure of speech?

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Nothing is omitted there.

This 「が」 is a sentence-ending particle expressing an insult, swearing, cussing, etc.

It is very often pronounced 「がっ」 by us native speakers.

「この小娘{こむすめ}が(っ)!」

Thus means:

"You little slip of a girl!" or

"You little bi***!"

The "right" translation will always depend on the context.

The suffix of insult 「め」 is often inserted between the noun and the 「が(っ)」 (but not in that clip).

  • So it's a sentence ending particle the same as わ、ぞ、ぜ? – ZeeK Jul 29 '18 at 15:40
  • @ZeeK It's obviously different in terms of syntax. – user4092 Aug 6 '18 at 16:52
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I spoke to my professor, and he said the other answer is "extremely wrong"

が is not an SFP [(Sentence Final Particle)], and there's nothing inherently insulting about it. It's just a plain-old nominative marker. As you know, the new information comes before the が. Hence, the entire rest of the sentence is omitted as old (or inferrable) info.

A potential predicate there could be 何を言っているのだ

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    でも・・デジタル大辞泉では、『3〔 終助 〕2(多く体言や体言の下にののしる意の接尾語「め」を伴ったものに付いて) ののしりの感情を強める。「このあほうめが」「あいつめが」「敵の回し者めが」』、明鏡国語辞典でも、『が 🈪〘 終助 〙④ 恨みをこめてののしる意を表す。「この大ばか者めが! ▹「この大ばか者めが、何をしているんだ!」のような、格助詞の用法から。』と、「終助詞」に分類されてますけど・・・ – Chocolate Aug 6 '18 at 0:23

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