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Clipped Words-Love Or Not

Updated on March 7, 2014
The use of clipped words has increased in recent times. For many people, the clipped words bring freshness and creativity to the language.
The use of clipped words has increased in recent times. For many people, the clipped words bring freshness and creativity to the language. | Source

The shortest form of longer words or the abbreviated versions of the words used in our daily lives are "clipped words". According the definition provided by DICTIONARY.COM clipped words are,

”A word formed by dropping one or more syllables from a longer word or phrase with no change in meaning”

In recent times, the use of clipped words has increased much. From our day to day conversation to even the formal usage of the language, the use of clipped words is greater than before. Words like “phone” instead of “telephone”, “gas” in place of “gasoline”, “bike” as an alternative to “bicycle” are very commonly used. In fact, the use of these words has increased so much that many people find it quite annoying while there is a large number of people who love to use clip the words.

The question that has always been raised is that whether the usage of clipped words helps or is it just the way of spoiling a language. Over the period of years, languages do evolve and develop. Clipped words are a part of that process. They bring freshness and creativity to the language. Obviously to pronounce or spell long words is quite a task so we can take clipped words as a much easier way to do that especially with regard to the daily conversations.

However the use of clipped words in formal language has not been appreciated much. Many writers and the English linguistics do not encourage the use of such words. For many the clipped words are like qualitative words that have been given a makeover. Therefore they do not support these words and have often advised to avoid its usage.

Despite the love and hate relationship of many with regard to the use of clipped words, one may not deny the fact that chopping a piece or two of a longer word makes it easier to use. Perhaps that is also the reason why we have seen the extensive application of clipped words over the period of years.


Below are some very common instances of clipped words with their related longer forms,


















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Agreed or not it is hard to get through a day without clipped words. It won’t be wrong to say that they are a blessing in disguise for many as they have brought creativity, freshness and much ease to the language.

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      Saadia A 5 years ago

      Thank you divakar3368 !!!

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      divakar3368 5 years ago from Maldives

      good hub

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      Saadia A 6 years ago

      Hello nifwlseirff ...Thank you for stopping by and yeah i am sure many of my friends won't even know what pantaloons means also haha :D

      Clipped words are fun to use and i think they have become so important part of our daily language that we hardly even notice about them :)

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      Kymberly Fergusson 6 years ago from Villingen Schwenningen, Germany


      I think clipped words are find to use informally, especially in text messages or on Twitter where the character count is limited (or costs real money).

      Having said that, I use maths (Australian English), fridge, vet, and zoo in all situations, both formal and informal. I use pro only in a sporting context, else I use the full word. I'd never use pantaloons -- I suspect that many of my friends wouldn't know what I meant!

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      Saadia A 6 years ago

      Thank you Brooke Lorren for your appreciation.That's true there is a wide variety of words which are so common in our daily usage and you never know maybe one day they become a part of formal writing as well.

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      Brooke Lorren 6 years ago from Mesa, Arizona

      Interesting hub. I think that some clipped forms of words are now acceptable in almost any situation, but some clipped words, like congrats, stats, or pro, don't really belong in professional writing right now. Over time, who knows?

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      Saadia A 6 years ago

      Keith Matyi ...Glad you liked it and thank you very much for the appreciation.

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      Keith Matyi 6 years ago from Denton, TX

      Good Hub! I like it very much. Well-written.