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International Encyclopedia of Linguistics (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2003
Subject:
Linguistics
Length:
456 words

As a morphological process (also called “shortening” or “clipping”), distinct from coding (ORD, the airline symbol for Chicago's

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A Dictionary of English Manuscript Terminology 1450–2000

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Current Version:
2011
Subject:
Literature, History
Length:
790 words

An extremely common feature in medieval manuscripts, and to a lesser, but still significant, extent in early modern writing, an

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The Oxford Dictionary of Byzantium

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2005
Subject:
History, Early history (500 CE to 1500)
Length:
211 words
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1

(sometimes called compendia), found in inscriptions, papyri, and MSS, were frequently substituted for words, syllables, or the ending of words

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The Oxford Companion to the Book

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2010
Subject:
History, Social sciences
Length:
249 words

Abbreviations omit some or all letters of a word after the first, or they replace words with symbols, such as

ABBREVIATIONS OR ACRONYMS

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The Oxford Dictionary of the Jewish Religion (2 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2011
Subject:
Religion
Length:
653 words

(Heb. ra’shei tevot [beginnings of words]). Contractions of single words or groups of words have been used in Hebrew since

Anglo-Saxon type

Anglo-Saxon type  

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The type’s history exemplifies the political aspect of letterforms. The original impetus for Anglo-Saxon type came as part of M. Parker’s campaign to establish an English Church on the basis ...
Be-ʿezrat Ha-Shem

Be-ʿezrat Ha-Shem  

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(; “With the help of the Name [of God]”), expression of pious hope used since the Middle Ages; often written in initials (see Abbreviations or Acronyms) at the head of ...
buzzword bingo

buzzword bingo  

A version of the popular bingo game which takes place in meetings organized in large high-tech companies. Here, each member of the audience is secretly given a computer-generated card of ...
BWQ

BWQ  

Abbreviation for Buzz Word Quotient used in chat rooms, emails, and newsgroups. Usually used to pour scorn on a posting or email which contains a large number of abbreviations. See also buzzword ...
composition

composition  

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The act or process of setting type. The hand compositor would stand (or sometimes sit, especially before c.1650) at the type cases, with a copy-text before him (or, rarely, her) ...
cyberspeak

cyberspeak  

Natural language augmented with technical terms such as applet, jargon such as disk dancer, and abbreviations such as CUL. Employed by a hard core of Internet users. See also Weblish.
De Aetna

De Aetna  

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This brief Latin dialogue by Bembo narrates the author’s ascent of Mount Etna (accompanied by his father Bernardo), undertaken between 1492 and 1494, while Bembo was studying at Messina. The ...
epigraphy

epigraphy  

The term “epigraphy”comes from the Greek epigráphein, “to write on”. It designates what is written to be brought to public knowledge in a lasting way. To ensure this publicity, inscriptions ...
facsimile edition

facsimile edition  

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Pioneered in 1807, reproductions of the First Folio and the quarto editions of Shakespeare's plays proliterated after the advent of photography in the 19th century. Such facsimile editions are widely ...
fasgrolia

fasgrolia  

A term often used to describe the language of abbreviations and acronyms found on the Internet. It is short for ‘the fast growing language of initialisms and acronyms’.
grammars

grammars  

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As workbooks conceived to respond to practical demands, grammar books should be viewed within the context of schools and teaching methods. The pedagogical models transmitted from Graeco-Roman ...
legal script

legal script  

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A form of handwriting developed by writers of legal and other administrative documents. Its principal characteristics derive from the need to produce documents quickly, accurately, and economically. ...
minuscule

minuscule  

Of or in a small cursive script of the Roman alphabet, with ascenders and descenders, developed in the 7th century ad. The name comes (in the early 18th century) via French from Latin minuscula ...
mnemonic

mnemonic  

A device such as a pattern of letters, ideas, or associations which assists in remembering something. Recorded from the mid 18th century (as an adjective), the word comes ultimately from Greek ...
monogram

monogram  

A combination of letters that, when deciphered, gives a name, a title or even an invocation to the Virgin or to Christ. There is no order in the arrangement to ...

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