(plural mutated contractions)
- (linguistics) An etymological phenomenon when a new word or slang term develops from shortening and slightly altering a longer word.
Often forms diminutive and pejorative terms.
In Australia, many words and names are shortened to end in -ie or -o.
- Newfie, for Newfoundlander
- fundie, for fundamentalist
- Packie, for Pakistani
- servo, for service station