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  1. haplology(Noun)

    The process of deleting one of two almost identical syllables within a word, as in u2018libraryu2019 > libry (pronounced ['lau026Abri]).

    Note: Interestingly, u2018haplologyu2019 is a perfect candidate. See also haplogy.

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  1. Haplology

    Haplology is defined as the elimination of a syllable when two consecutive identical or similar syllables occur. The phenomenon was identified by American philologist Maurice Bloomfield in the 20th century. Linguists sometimes jokingly refer to the phenomenon as "haplogy".


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