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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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Jean said:
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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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/Courses/CLAS224/Handouts/ClippedWords.htm

How's that?

:D

[Edited for formatting.]
 
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