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'Fess

verb; clipping
To reveal the truth or admit to having done something, usually not respectable The word 'fess has been clipped from the originally word confess. While it still retains the same meaning, 'fess is much more prevalent in the younger generations. The word was probably coined because it sounds less harsh as confess; to 'fess up to something is much less intimidating than to have to confess to the truth. Perhaps because of this, it has become common in teenagers and with some college students. Other than for saving the embarrasment of confessing something, the word is shorter and may be due to time-saving as well although it is minimal. The term comes from the old Latin word confessus which came from acknowledging something, particularly religious issues. The fact that it originally dealt with such serious issues made it less favorable to certain generations and has thus been modified to fit them.
 
I didn’t want to ‘fess up to my parents.
Etymology : 'fess. From Latin confessus 'to acknowledge'
Source : Seventeen Magazine
Last modified: 10 June 2008


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