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APOCOPE

APOCOPE [Stress: ‘a-POK-o-py’].
1. The removal of an element at the end of a WORD, usually for informal economy of expression, as in: kit and marge, formed from kitten and margarine. Sometimes a suffix is added to the apocopated form, as in kitty from kitten and AusE journo from journalist. Apocope is common in especially affectionate nicknames: Margery becomes Marge, William becomes Will. Sometimes APHAERESIS and apocope occur together: Elizabeth cut to Liz, detective to tec.

2. The loss of the inflectional endings of Old English, as when singan became sing. See CLIPPING, ELISION.

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apocope

apocope (gram.) cutting off the end of a word. XVI. — late L. — Gr. apokopé, f. apokóptein cut off.
So apocopate XIX, apocopation XVIII.

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