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vacay

noun; clipping
vacation. This word follows the usual pattern for clipping words by removing syllables. It is interesting how the coiner chose to spell the word with a y to indicate, using an established English phonetic spelling pattern, that the phonology of the word remains identical to the first two syllables of the word vacation. Probable reason used: The writer used a word she probably had begun to use in spoken conversation as a quick way of saying “vacation.”
 
Not going to be much of a vacay since I’ll have a suitcase full of books.
Etymology : From the English vacation, from Middle English vacacioun, from Old French vacation, from Lation vacatio 'freedom, release from occupation'
Source : college student's online journal
Last modified: 10 June 2008


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