shortening

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  • Shortening
    • Clipping
      • when you drop one or more syllables to create an abbreviation e.g. demo from demonstration
    • Initialism
      • 1). this is where the first letter of a word stands for word itself e.g. "OTT" for over the top
    • Acronyms
      • initial letters of words combine to create new word e.g. NASA
    • Back-formation
      • 1). occurs when a word looks like it has been created by adding suffix to an existing word
      • 2). suffix has been removed to create new term e.g. noun "baby-sitter" came before "baby-sit".

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