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Re: Abbreviations

From:Nik Taylor <fortytwo@...>
Date:Thursday, December 9, 1999, 4:10
FFlores wrote:
> For example, in my written Spanish I use <q'> for <que>, > <x> for <por>, <xq'> for <porque>, <//> for <-mente> > (in adverbs), etc.
In my journal I do similar things, I have: th' = the t' = to a small + looking symbol = and o' = of -d = -ed -in' = -ing g'na = gonna G'ville = Gainesville (fairly standard, actually) P'cola = Pensacola (fairly standard, actually) @ = at (but only sometimes, I can't figure out why it seems wrong sometimes!) -z = -s (only occasionally) 'bout = about G'ma = Grandma G'pa = Grandpa fone = phone w/ = with t'night = tonight And some playing with spelling, like using thorn, edh, ash, and semi-phonetic spellings. Of course, very informal writing. And also incomplete sentences, like, from my entry Aug. 15: "Saw Blair Witch Project. Very Dull. Hated it. First Wave marathon. Missed it. Unplugged/unconnected computer", generally dropping subject pronouns. And also smileys and frowns. Right-side up, not sideways :-) A handy importation from the online world.
> And I've seen pictures of many old > writings (mainly in Latin) where letters have a lot of > marks -- I've been told those are shortcuts.
Yep, and a few have survived into modern writing - & from "et", ! from "lo", and I think ? came from a word, but I'm not sure which. It was also common to do things like dropping final "m", using a macron to indicate it. -- "Old linguists never die - they just come to voiceless stops." - anonymous ICQ: 18656696 AIM Screen-Name: NikTailor