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Subject: Terminology for contracting words in English
Question: What is it called when you shorten words, like ''cud'o'' or ''wood-
uh''...even, didya eat yet?....is there a word like elision or
alision...that describes this human activity with language?

Thanks, Don

Reply: As Dr Silva noted, this is called elision, but contraction is also an acceptable term.

In this case, this is contraction in colloquial, i.e. informal spoken English.

Reply From: Elizabeth J Pyatt      click here to access email
Date: 26-Jul-2012
Other Replies:
  1. Re: Terminology for contracting words in English    James L Fidelholtz     (02-Aug-2012)
  2. Re: Terminology for contracting words in English    Anthea Fraser Gupta     (27-Jul-2012)
  3. Re: Terminology for contracting words in English    Marilyn N Silva     (26-Jul-2012)

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