Re: Re. Once bit, twice shy

Subject: Re: Re. Once bit, twice shy
From: Matt Ion <mion -at- DIRECT -dot- CA>
Date: Fri, 21 Jul 1995 14:51:44 PDT

On Thu, 20 Jul 1995 08:19:49 -0400 you wrote:

> All abbreviations (shortening of words) and acronyms (initialisms and
> pronouncable words, both) are contractions; in the former case, the
> contraction occurs by truncating the word, whereas in the latter, you
> are generally truncating and combining several words.

What I want to know is, why are "abbreviation" and "contraction" such long

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