Rsum for R ésumé

Mark Mandel thnidu at GMAIL.COM
Thu Aug 5 04:11:33 UTC 2010

Can we draw a parallel to the much older deletion of diacritical marks on
loan words, such as turning résumé into resume and table d'hôte into table

Mark (who is sometime critical but refuses to be deleted)

2010/8/4 Michael McKernan <mckernan51 at>

> 2010/8/4 Mark Mandel <thnidu at>
> Maybe the person who contributed that definition to Urban Dictionary saw
> th=
> e
> stupid-platform shortening and assumed that it was an intentional
> shortening. u no, lk txt msgs.
> Yes, that's certainly a possibility, not just for "Urban Dictionary," but
> for the several other similar listings (and of course they could be ccing
> each other...
> But it appears that some online posters of their own resumes (I chose to
> omit accents) are either deliberately choosing "rsum," or automatically
> being truncated (by email software) into that form.  Even if the latter is
> now the only case, it seems likely that sooner or later the rsum form will
> gain "a life of its own" among some human writers, if not speakers.
> I'm curious about this, and whether or not there are other indications of
> software-driven truncations possibly coming into English usage.
> Michael McKernan
> Benson, Arizona
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