Definition - The omission of letters or syllables from the end of a word or phrase so that it is easier to pronounce.

1. The omitting of letters or syllables from a word's interior so that it is easier to pronounce is called syncope, whereas omitting from the beginning of a word is called aphaeresis.

Example -
What oft was thought, but ne'er so well expressed.
(In the above, oft is an example of apocope and ne'er is an example of syncope.)

Etymology -
The term derives from the Greek apokoptein, cutting off (from apo, away from + koptein, to cut.)

Oxford English Dictionary -
Its first citation is from 1591:
"Apocope … as for vamos nos, they say vamonos."
(Percivall Sp. Dict. Bija, )

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