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bib

noun; clipping
Abbreviation for library I think clipping is especially prominent among groups of young people, colleges and universities. Whenever there are words that people repeat often, the words tend to gain names that are more fun to say (for instance, when people ask me what my major is, I say I am a 'musi' not a music major) or facilitate speech better ('bib' is certainly shorter to say than 'library' or 'bibliotheque') or they try to evoke a cooler, more entertaining image (saying that you're going to the 'bib' is more exciting than saying you're going to the 'library'). Since I have not heard the word 'bib' outside of this particular instance, I suspect it may be jargon for a specific group of people (i.e. undergrads at Whitman College).
 
I've got work to do at the bib.
Etymology : An apparent shortening of the French word for library: bibliotheque. This formation is a clipping, from 'bibliotheque' to 'bib', it has also transcended languages, from French to English.
Source : Whitman College freshman
Last modified: 10 June 2008


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