mutated contraction

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English[edit]

Noun[edit]

mutated contraction (plural mutated contractions)

  1. (linguistics) An etymological phenomenon when a new word or slang term develops from shortening and slightly altering a longer word.

Usage notes[edit]

Often forms diminutive and pejorative terms.

In Australia, many words and names are shortened to end in -ie or -o.

Examples include: