Contracted Word

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A Contracted Word is a word form that is composed of two or more word forms with shortened morphs.

  • Context:
  • Example(s):
    • Acronyms:
      • I.B.M.” ← “International Business Machines”.
      • UNICEF” ← “United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund”.
      • USA” ← “United States of America”.
      • lol” ← “laugh out loud”.
    • Abbreviations:
      • ltd.” ← “limited
      • vs.” ← “versus
      • etc.” ← “et cetera
      • Dr.” ← “Doctor
    • Inflected Preposition.
      • conmigo” ← “con mi -go”, a Spanish Word (~ "with me").
    • Other??
      • I've” ← “I have”.
      • it's” ← “it is”.
      • let's” ← “let us” (note that the meaning/usage changes on this contraction: let's go vs. let us be free. see Imperative Mood).
      • ain't” ← “am not”.
      • wouldn't've” ← “would not have”.
      • auf’m Auto” ← “auf dem Auto” (~ “on the car”), an Inflicted Preposition.
      • weil’s” ← “weil es” (~ “because it”), an Inflected Preposition.
  • Counter-Example(s):
  • See: Hyphenated Compound.



  • (Wikipedia, 2009) ⇒
    • In current English usage, contraction is the shortening of a word, syllable, or word group by omission of internal letters. [1] In traditional grammar, contraction can denote the formation of a new word from one word or a group of words, for example, by elision. This often occurs in rendering a common sequence of words or, as in French, in maintaining a flowing sound.
    • In strict analysis, contractions should not be confused with abbreviations or acronyms (including initialisms), with which they share some semantic and phonetic functions, though all three are connoted by the term "abbreviation" in loose parlance.