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USAGE: German Abbreviations (Re: Introducing myself, and several questions)

From:Tristan McLeay <conlang@...>
Date:Thursday, February 17, 2005, 10:04
On 17 Feb 2005, at 8.43 pm, Damian Yerrick wrote:

> Heck some would argue that if Dutch were a conlang, its word > |natie| for "nation" would offend anyone who remembers the > Holocaust because it's pronounced roughly ["na.t_si]. > (Forgive me if I mistranscribed it into X-SAMPA; some details > of the notation are still new to me.)
I'm suddenly reminded of a question I have: How does _National Sozialistische Deutsche Arbeitespartei_ (pardon the spelling!) reduce into _Nazi_? Is it just a phonetic spelling of the first four letters of 'National'? Is/was this a common way of abbreviating stuff in German? -- Tristan.


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