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Elision

Postby Perry » Tue Sep 18, 2007 7:41 am

• elision •

Pronunciation: ê-li-zhên • Hear it!
Part of Speech: Noun


Meaning: The omission of sounds or syllables from spoken words or discourse, such a pronouncing police "p'lice" or pollution "p'lution".

Notes: Today's word is the process noun from the verb elide [ê-laid]. The adjective is elisional. This word is used mainly in linguistics to refer to sounds that drop out of words in the process of linguistic change, usually unaccented vowels. Don't confuse elision with ellipsis, the omission of words that are unnecessary or irrelevant from a sentence, usually indicated by a triplet of periods (…). This group of dots is also called an ellipsis.

In Play: Elision is all around us. Dr. Goodword wrote a long piece on elision called 'Do You Suffer the Embarrassment of LVS?' which is now available in his office. The elision of initial syllables is very noticeable in the Southern dialects: opossum becomes 'possum, potato becomes 'tater, and alligator is pronounced 'gator. But internal elision of unaccented vowels is rampant in all dialects of English: s'pose for suppose, prob'ly—even prol'ly—for probably, and so on.

Word History: Today's Good Word is derived from the verb elide, which comes via French from Latin elidere "to omit, strike out", based on e(x) "out" + laedere "to strike". We don't know where this root came from and it does not seem to have developed in other Indo-European languages. We do see it in at least two more English words borrowed from Latin. An allision "crashing into" comes from ad "(up) to" + laedere "to strike" while collision "crashing together" comes from com "together (with)" + laedere "strike". A moving object crashing into an immoveable object results in an allision. Two moving objects striking each other is a collision. (We are happy that Lew Jury did not elide this word from the list of Good Words he has sent us.)

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Postby Bailey » Tue Sep 18, 2007 7:46 am

It goes to show ya that there is a word for ever'thang.

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Postby Perry » Tue Sep 18, 2007 12:33 pm

Bailey wrote:It goes to show ya that there is a word for ever'thang.

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It goes to show ya that they's a word for ever'thang. :wink:
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Postby gailr » Tue Sep 18, 2007 2:56 pm

elision: they's a kyrie joke in here, somewhere...
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Postby Bailey » Tue Sep 18, 2007 7:59 pm

Perry wrote:
Bailey wrote:It goes to show ya that there is a word for ever'thang.

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It goes to show ya that they's a word for ever'thang. :wink:

Just so Perry, I missed that 'un. skatin' on thin ice here I'll quit now, besides examples are Elysian. :)


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Postby sluggo » Sat Sep 22, 2007 1:07 am

gailr wrote:elision: they's a kyrie joke in here, somewhere...


Aye, and our job is to find what manner of mirth elision fields.

curiae elision: a case of dropping cases from the court docket?

Valkyrie elision: getting all the way to Valhalla after an extraOdinary day's battle but forgetting to bring the souls?
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Postby Bailey » Sat Sep 22, 2007 7:20 am

Panacheville, No Lack o'Khaki


I just noticed that you moved, lol. And that you did so with Panache.

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