[ shawrt-kom-uh nz ]
/ ˈʃɔrtˈkɒm ənz /
noun (used with a singular verb) Southern U.S.
a scanty allowance of food.
What Are Mr. And Mrs. Short For?When it comes to Mr and Mrs the difference is pretty clear, but what about Miss Mrs Ms? Quick answer: Ask her what she prefers — Miss Mrs or Ms?
“Sir” And “Madam” Are Shorter Versions Of What Words?Let’s say you want to get the attention of a male clerk in the produce section of the grocery store. Would you say, “Excuse me sire, but could you please explain the difference between a yam and a sweet potato?” (For the answer to that question, read this.) Addressing a stranger as “sire” might raise an eyebrow. But if you said it, you wouldn’t necessarily …
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Examples from the Web for short-commons
In the morning, some one must go to market, else there will be short-commons.A Rebel War Clerk's Diary at the Confederate States Capital|John Beauchamp Jones
Of course the homes in Piefinch Cut, and similar small homes not in the Cut, went on short-commons.Johnny Ludlow, Third Series|Mrs. Henry Wood