The omission of one occurrence of a sound or syllable which is repeated within a word (e.g. in February pronounced as ˈfɛbri).
- After all, it's hard to see how un - could be plausibly reanalyzed as a mere intensifier; more likely this is an idiosyncratic sort of haplology, where the form unpacked stands in for ununpacked.
- A nice irony is that haplology is just the sort of word to which haplology happens…
- It all depends which side of the pond one happens to be on: Britons accuse Americans of haplology while the latter believe it is the former who are committing epenthesis.
Late 19th century: from Greek haploos 'single' + -logy.
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