The Urge to Shorten Words


Fri, Nov 5th, 2010 12:00 by capnasty NEWS

The's Erin McKean discusses humanity's need to use contractions. She calls it an ingenuity which demonstrates that it is not laziness in language that drives clippings and shortcuts, but a very human combination of eagerness (or hurriedness) to express our ideas. Shortening words isn't a sign of ignorance, but a reflection of deeper knowledge.

Erin also looks at the history behind the shortest contraction in the English language: the word OK.



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