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Clipping

The element of reduction which is noticeable in blending is even more apparent in the process describes as clipping. This occurs when a word of more than syllable is reduced to a sorter form, often in casual speech. The term gasoline is still in used, but occurs much less frequently than gas, the clipped form. Common examples are ad (advertisement), fan (fanatic), bus, plane, prof, lab, flu, etc.

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