Friday, February 19, 2010
elision \i-ˈli-zhən\ noun: 1 a. the use of a speech form that lacks a final or initial sound which a variant speech form has (as ’s instead of is in there’s), b. the omission of an unstressed vowel or syllable in a verse to achieve a uniform metrical pattern, 2. the act or an instance of omitting something; omission
elide \i-ˈlīd\ transitive verb: 1 a. to suppress or alter (as a vowel or syllable) by elision, b. to strike out (as a written word), 2 a. to leave out of consideration; omit, b. curtail; abridge
Etymology: Latin elidere to strike out, from e- + laedere to injure by striking
Elision reminds me of the name Elijah.