Sunday, October 07, 2007

Fascinating words part 3

Part two was many moons ago...

Idly flipping through The Penguin Dictionary of Literary Terms and Literary Theory, I found the wonderful word "apocope", pronounced a-pock-oh-pee.

It means dropping a letter or letters from the end of a word to create an elision (especially with the word "the").


"cinema" is an apocope of cinematograph; "taxi" is an apocope of taxicab; "curio" is an apocope of curiosity.

I love to know that there's a word for almost everything. Interestingly, the American produced spellcheck for this blog doesn't recognise "apocope" and suggests I replace it with "agape" which seems to carry an entirely different meaning. Perhaps this is the first time someone's blogged it.

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