- the disappearance or loss of an unstressed initial vowel or syllable, as in the formation of the word slant from aslant.
Origin of aphesis
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Aphesis is the loss of the unaccented first syllable, as in 'baccy and 'later.The Romance of Names
But confusion with the article is not necessary in order to bring about aphesis.
This English tendency to aphesis is satirised in a French song of the 14th century, intentionally written in bad French.
- the gradual disappearance of an unstressed vowel at the beginning of a word, as in squire from esquire
C19: from Greek, from aphienai to set free, send away
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