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Expression Clipping

noun; compounding
The process by which a portion, perhaps a word, of an expression is devised to take the meaning of the entire original expression. ('Expression clipping made "deal" out of "deal with it".') Interpretation of intended meaning: The process of devising a portion of a expression that stands for the entire expression. This is parallels the word formation process of clipping, where a portion of a word is devised to stand for the whole. Presumed reason for coinage: In describing the new formation "deal" (as defined previously), there was a need to define a process very similar to, but not encompassed by, CLIPPING. Thus, a new word was made with an added element to specify the change between the new word and the previous term CLIPPING. The new word replaces a need to use a clumsy phrase such as the one used to define it. Notes: EXPRESSION CLIPPING is a compound noun. EXPRESSION specifies the subject of the process and CLIPPING describes the process. The definition of CLIPPING used is the specific one used in linguistics. The two elements of the compound are written separately since each contains more than one syllable and the term is very new.
 
Through EXPRESSION CLIPPING, 'deal with it' became 'deal.'
Etymology : compound of EXPRESSION and CLIPPING
Source : Dr. Suzanne Kemmer (see entry for "deal")
Last modified: 10 June 2008


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