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An abridgment is something that was abridged. Abridge means look it up yourself, damn it!  You can find it by clicking here.

Just to be clear, abridge doesn’t mean “look it up yourself, damn it!” Those were my words to those people expecting me to include a definition of the word abridge here.

I’m sorry for my outburst. I’m frustrated because the entry before this one was a long entry on abridge. That entry includes the definition of abridge. The thought that, after I did all that work on the abridge entry, some sluggardly people might expect me to go to the trouble of repeating that definition here annoys me to no end.

Who do they think I am? Their slave? No, I am not!

By the way, for those of you looking for an example of what an abridgment is, if I create a new entry for abridgment that omits the previous two paragraphs, that would have been an abridgment of this entry. It also would have pissed off fewer people. That wouldn’t have made it a better or worse example of an abridgment, just a more popular one.

The New Oxford English Dictionary tells me that abridgment can also be spelled abridgement. So if you have a spare e lying around that you want to get rid of it, tossing it in the middle of abridgment is an option.

However, one word of warning: The spell checker in Pages, Apple’s word processing software, tells me that abridgement is a spelling mistake, despite the fact that the dictionary bundled with my Apple Mac OS/X operating system tells me that abridgement is an alternate spelling of abridgment. So, if you’re using Pages and you want to spell abridgment abridgement, you’re going to have to put up with a dashed red line under it if you have spell checking turned on.

(Dear Apple Guys: I love your products and I’m a unshakable member of the cult, but a little consistency would be helpful.)

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