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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|