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    What are words that are shortened versions of a longer word (i.e. "auto" for automobile) called, and where can I find a list of them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jean
    What are words that are shortened versions of a longer word (i.e. "auto" for automobile) called, and where can I find a list of them?

    They're called "Clippings". (Syllables are clipped, or cut from the word)

    math = mathematics
    sub = substitute or submarine
    auto = automobile

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    Default Clipped Words

    Sometimes the clipping is done from the beginning. Sometimes it is done from the end. Sometimes the word is clipped and the spelling is altered slightly. Examples:

    • auto = automobile
      photo = photograph
      cab = cabriolet, taxicab
      demo = demonstration
      doc = doctor
      coke = cocaine
      gent = gentleman
      gym = gumnasium
      mike = microphone
      taxi = taxicab
      plane = airplane


    Here is a list:
    http://www.aesincorp.com/Clippedwords.html

    Here is another list:
    http://department.monm.edu/classics/...ippedWords.htm

    How's that?

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    [Edited for formatting.]

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    Outstanding :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea
    Outstanding :D
    Thank you for that, and thank you for clippings.

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