Why is ‘abbreviation’ such a long word?
Abbreviation: Origin and History
Em: Emma, I was wondering, how come abbreviation is such a long word?
Emma: Because “Abbreviation” is not an abbreviation, Em.
Em: Ha ha very funny. I’m sure there is more to it than that.
Emma: Actually I did read something about the origin of the word being fairly short. It started with “brevis” which is Latin for “short” and also the root of “brief”
Em: Then how did it get sooo long?
Reason: “Ab” was added to “breviare” to make it “abbreviare”, a verb meaning “to shorten”; then it got converted to a noun by adding “-ionem” at the end becoming “abbreviationem” which means “something that has been shortened”. Then the “em” was removed and voila!
Em: That explanation was way too long for the word abbreviation.
Reason: NO popcorn for you.