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[Thursday 03 January, 2013]
After my exam, I met my prof in a pub (a very nice gent) and he showed me a photo of a demo he’d been to. I couldn’t go ’cos I had flu, so I stayed by the phone eating fries and watching ads on the telly.
This is a very colloquial way of talking, isn’t it. Why? The main reason is that several of the words (12, in fact) have been shortened. Exam is short for ‘examination’, prof for ‘professor,’ flu for ‘influenza’, and so on. Words which have been shortened in this way are often called clippings. They’re one kind of abbreviation. Can you identify the long forms of the other nine?

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