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Czech instances like socidemo [soci(alne) demo(kraticky) social democratic], Umprum [Um(elecko-) prum(yslova skola) Applied A r t School], kdce [k(oruna) ce(skoslovenska) Czechoslovak crown, also w i t h a suffix: kacka], cetka [öe(skoslovenska) t(iskova) ka(ncelar) Czechoslovak Press Bureau], Abbreviations of this kind became v e r y common in Russian after the Great October Revolution (cf. kolchoz, Komsomol), while English has had some expressions of this kind for centuries, e. g. M. , Μ. , Ph.
Struck by the stage). Similarly t h e active construction the state owns several railway-lines, transformed in t h e passive several railway-lines are owned by the state, underlies the combination the stateowned railway-lines; cf. also home-produced. These are genuine compounds fully satisfying our definition. We can also find substantival verbal expressions with a prefix t h a t is formally identical with the adverbial preposition (e. g. the outlook as against to look out, b u t also the look-out).
V. G. (a bahuvrihi expression — the holder of the Victoria Cross), F. R. S. (Fellow of the R o y a l Society). In later periods such abbreviations g a v e rise to new words like YMCA, YWCA,™ ABC (Aerated Bread Company) — the signboard of some English tea shops. T h e English are so accustomed to them t h a t in m a n y cases they do not realize their origin when using them (e. g. the abbreviations a. , p. , which are of L a t i n origin, are often simply in the morning, in the evening). Shortenings formed b y the combination of the initial syllables or letters are often termed c l i p p e d w o r d s or c l i p p i n g s , whereas shortenings resulting from the omission of a certain number of the syllables of one word (like bus, zoo) are usually called s t u m p w o r d s .
A Functional Analysis of Present Day English on a General Linguistic Basis by Vilem Mathesius, Josef Vachek