How we change what others think, feel, believe and do
Syncope is the omission of letters from the middle of a word.
The ship's fo'c'sle (forecastle).
She's ta'en away me precious heart!
Will I be gi'ing ye me f'tune? Not li'ley?
Letters are often missed from the middle of words during speech to speed up talking. It can also be used to change the sound of the word for poetry or stylized prose. Removal can be complete syllables or single letters (typically consonants).
Syncope often appears rustic in style, and is thus used as a device to characterize 'simple, country folk'.
Some languages and dialects make more use of syncope than others (eg. Scottish).
Classification: Distortion, Omission
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