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Clipped Words

Some spellers choose to write the clipped form of some words. A clipped word is a word shortened by common use. Clipped words are favored because they are easier to spell. The challenge occurs when students are asked to write the longer form of a clipped word. Some common clipped words are listed below.

ad - advertisement memo - memorandum
auto - automobile mike - microphone
bike - bicycle mum - chrysanthemum
burger - hamburger pen - penitentiary
bus - omnibus phone - telephone
champ - champion photo - photograph
con - convict pike - turnpike
co-op - cooperative plane - airplane
copter - helicopter ref - referee
cuke - cucumber rev - revolution
dorm - dormitory rhino - rhinoceros
exam - examination specs - spectacles; specifications
flu - influenza stats - statistics
fridge - refrigerator stereo - stereophonics
gas - gasoline sub - submarine
grad - graduate taxi - taxicab
gym - gymnasium teen - teenager
hippo - hippopotamus tie - necktie
lab - laboratory tux - tuxedo
limo - limousine typo - typographical error
lunch - luncheon van - caravan
math - mathematics vet - veteran; veterinarian

 

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