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Mc-(Mail)

prefix; blending and clipping (or compounding)
A prefix used to indicate a specific category of object. In this context, it is used to indicate that a particular piece of mail is meant for a McMurtry student or has been delivered to McMurtry college.
 
Mc is a clipping from McMurtry, and prefaces other words (usually nouns) to indicate their connection to the college. Whether it is a blend or a compound is unclear, because while its use does entail only the clipped portion of one word (Mc) rather than the whole word as in a conventional compound, the resulting word (McMail) does carry the meaning of its two roots (mail delivered to McMurtry) rather than a new meaning entirely (as in brunch).
Etymology : A clipping of Mc from McMurtry, and used as a prefix for other nouns.
Source : (email notification) McMail (McMurtry mailroom 10/2/17)
Last modified: 3 December 2017


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