outofi (outofi) wrote in linguaphiles,
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Totes amaze!

I've been noticing a tendency to abbreviate longer adjectives and adverbs for emphasis/effect (sometimes with final -s added - generally but I think not exclusively to adverbs). For example: probs for probably, blates for blatantly, totes for totally, hilair for hilarious, ridic for ridiculous, amaze for amazing... (There's usually at least one example in each of the Guardian's Samantha Cameron diary entries: http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/series/mrs-cameron-diary+politics/samantha-cameron)

Out of curiosity:
  • I'm a Brit - is this happening in any other varieties of English?
  • Is anyone aware of systematic word abbreviation like this in any other language (someone help me out if there's a better way to put this in proper linguistic terminology!)?
EDIT: Thanks all, curiosity satisfied!
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