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Subject:Re: What do you call this? From:vinod sharma <vin -at- SWARE -dot- COM> Date:Wed, 19 Jul 1995 11:47:52 EDT
Nancy Hoft <itech -at- MV -dot- MV -dot- COM> writes:
+>I'm writing a definition of the word bit. It is "short for" binary
+>digit. Is there a more formal word for "short for" here? It's not an
+>acronymn or initialism or anything like this. What is it?
I'm not sure if this is "formal", but words such as these are sometimes
called Kangaroo words for semi-obvious reasons. Other examples that
occur to me are illuminated->lit and omnibus->bus.
But perhaps you would prefer to define "bit" as an abridged notation
for "binary digit".
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