- May be used as parts of words as well as whole words.
- May never be divided at the end of a line, but may be separated from any
- May never be used as parts of words unless the original meaning is retained.
- May not be used in unusual words.
- The short forms after, blind, and friend are used when followed by a
consonant, but may not be used when followed by a vowel unless the vowel begins
a line in a divided word.
- May represent a whole proper name, but never part of a word in a proper
- May be used as parts of common words that are not regarded as proper names
in the titles or headings of books, chapters, articles, or songs and in the
names of companies or organizations.
|(The) (Great)e(st) (St)ory (Ever)
|N(one) (such) Bak(ing) Co.|
The rules for this group of contractions are fairly clear and
straightforward. These contractions can be used as both whole-word and part-word
contractions. Part-word usage is permitted for both compound and divided words.
Caution should be taken not to use these short-form words when the "e" is
dropped prior to adding a suffix, such as in the word "declaration". If you use
the contraction, you would have "declareation", which is, of course, spelled
As the rules state, these contractions can also be used for proper names, as
long as the short-form word represents the entire proper name. Think about why
this is so. If you look at a name like "Goody", the use of the contraction would
give you "Gdy". There is no reason, although it is certainly unlikely, why
someone might not have the proper name "Gdy" -- for example, if you notice
proper names from the Middle East, there are often some interesting names,
especially after being transliterated from a foreign alphabet such as Cyrillic.
You can, however, use these contractions in titles, names of books, and other
names that are unlikely to be confused.
Caution should also be taken in that these contractions should only be used
as a part-word if they retain their original meaning. Likewise, be careful with
the contractions "after", "blind", and "friend". You should not use these
contractions as part-words if a vowel follows the contraction. For example,
(after)math is permitted, but (after)effect is not. The rationale behind this is
that it is highly unlikely that there will be a word consisting of three
consonants in a row ("afmath"), but it is possible for there to be a word with
two ("afimage"). This rule is not in place if the word after the contraction
comes at the beginning of a new line in a hyphenated word.