“Oh, this Yorkie is ours.” Our`n is its own contraction. It is ours. The expression is a bit archaic – on the last legs, so to speak – but still there if you listen carefully. This is a list of contractions used in Wikipedia:Style manual/Abbreviations; these are to be avoided everywhere except in direct quotations in encyclopedic prose. “Y`all” is of course our most famous contraction. But we have even expanded its usefulness by placing “all” in front of it to form “all of you.” We know that you are both describing or more and that everything could mean five or 500 to you. And we even use all of you possessively as in “y`all`s”. I heard this phrase two weeks ago at a barbecue: “You have to move all your trucks so that Carlos can leave.” Please also note that many other appropriate contractions can be formed by combining different contractions listed here. Some acronyms are formed by contraction; these are covered at Wikipedia:Style manual/Abbreviations.

Certain trademarks (e.B. Nabisco) and titles of published works (e.B. “Ain`t That a Shame”) consist of or contain contractions; these are covered at Wikipedia:Style manual/Marks or Wikipedia:Style manual/Titles. Every time I hear someone say something like this, “Are you all `fixin` to go out?” I think it`s very likely that they`re from Texas. You have y`all and fixin` in the same sentence and some contractions. We love our contractions, which, if you don`t remember your happy days in high school, are tight words together to make them shorter, with apostrophes that represent what is missing. Doctors gave Joanna medication to stop her contractions and laid her on a bed tilted at a 30-degree angle, her feet pointing upwards to reduce the risk of the contractions starting again. I believe that the king of contractions is all of them. It contains three apostrophes. Three! You must admire the muscular nature of this contraction.

All of you. You would all have it. And here`s how you use it: “You all wish you had all come.” Now take a step back and absorb the splendor of this sentence. 12 words reduced to six! That, ladies and gentlemen, is the soul of linguistic efficiency. We can also use an interesting contraction for something that belongs to at least two people. “What dog is this?” Texans are known for their ability to combine words into much more effective contractions. You are all ready to learn something. Similar to a contraction, a hybrid word, or as my friend and linguistics teacher Lars Hinrichs calls it, these are portmanteau words. These words consist of two words. “tumped” is one of those words. “I came across my Coke.” It is a combination of tilt and tilt – tumped.

I`m not telling myself, but it`s common in Texas and throughout the South. Joanna was forced to stay in the reclined position 24 hours a day for two and a half months. After 75 days – and probably the longest job ever recorded – Joanna gave birth to a healthy girl, Iga, and a boy, Ignacy. Both babies were born by caesarean section at a neonatal clinic in Wroclaw, Poland. Each just under 4 lbs. I`m sure you`ve heard of “would, could, should” as a kind of mantra of regret about what could have been. My father liked it. It was his way of teaching me that I couldn`t change the past, but that the future was quite flexible. “Spanglish” is a portmanteau word. It combines the Spanish and English words to describe the tendency to google both languages with phrases such as mandar un mail (send an email) or googlear – to google something.

Joanna, 31, was pregnant with triplets when she went to work at week 21. Her first baby was born prematurely and, tragically, was too weak to survive. The other two babies were in the same danger – until doctors intervened to try to delay their birth. Now that you`ve all heard this, I know you`re all going to start wanting to practice your possessives, but try to wait until the lesson is over. I`ll let you go in two minutes. Hangry is a modern portmanteau that naturally combines hunger and anger. “I`m really hungry for a Whataburger.” Definitely a useful word. Chillax is also very fashionable these days.

Originally pregnant with triplets, Joanna Krzysztonek spent two and a half months with her feet in the air and is now proud to be a mother of two children and for a more texcentric view of these hybrids, we have: “texplain” – to explain Texas to others; “texpatriate” – someone who lives outside of Texas, but still aspires to home; and “texcellent”, which needs no explanation. What about you (like with the question of how someone is doing today, as a greeting) In December of last year, Donna Kelly, 29, from Coventry, spent 10 weeks in a 45-degree reclining hospital bed to avoid a third miscarriage. Joanna Krzysztonek had to work 75 days and lie down 24 hours a day to save her unborn babies. This is our linguistics lesson for today. You all would have loved a lot more if you had all listened instead of repeating everything for your immediate amusement, but that`s okay. As long as you all had a great time. Please note that this page can be edited by anyone. It is illustrative, not exhaustive, and some of its entries are familiar or outdated.

The cousins of y`all`d`ve are she of ve and he of having. She would have done it or he would have done it. “I think she would have married him if he hadn`t been so good.” Or, for a more modern setting, “He would have already lost 20 pounds if he had settled for that low-carb diet.” . . . .

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