Lessons in Abbreving, Part 2


One thing I’ve learned in high school is that everyone speaks diff.  Some kids talk in all slang, and some sound so formal you’d think they were talking to the prez.

There is one form of lang used by a select group of studes at Lees that is causing confusion everywhere. Abbrieves.

It sounds simp, but it’s much more than just taking off the end of the word; there are complicated rules than nonabbrievers could ev understand.

In ord to clarify some of the abbrieving confusion, I decided to investigate this odd form of lang. I started by paying a vis to my friend Nic Neid, a soph, who said, “Me and my fam abbreve all the time, it’s just what’s in these days.”

When asked how she started with this lang, she answered: “I abbrieve because me and my sis developed a lang to commune and have fun.”

When asked about the rules of abbrieves,  Neid was quick to respond.  “You CAN’T abbreive one syll words. It just doesn’t happ.”  This is a ver true statement, since abbreving ush consists of taking the last syll or two off the end of a word.

Another import rule has to do with the abbreve of comp words. It simp can’t be done, unless you abbreve the two words sep. For examp, the comp word “butterfly” cannot be abbreved as “Butter,” it must be abbreved as “But Fly.”

Although abbreving is just a fun way to commune with friends, not ev one is okay with this form of lang. In partic: Parents.  “Abbreving  is not allowed in my house,” said Laur Hil, mother of a Lees Soph, Noel Hil. “It’s too hard to und stand.”

In the end, opins on abbreves tend to fall half and half.  Half are pro-abbrev, thinking that abbreves are “Hular” while the other half thinks they are either too confuse or just plain annoy.

Overall, as long as you follow the rules, and make sure not to abbreve in cer sits, abbreving is the perf way to spice up any convo.


  1. Katy, this is art is AMAZE. You did such a good job and the way you abbreved every other word..perfection. Way to stand up for abbrevers everywhere. Love ya. 🙂


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