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Putting aside that the use of 'thx' is bad, and it isn't really a word. Would 'thx' be considered a contraction or abbreviation?

Contraction: a shortened version of the written and spoken forms of a word, syllable, or word group, created by omission of internal letters (actually, sounds).

The page also states that a contraction "shouldn't be confused with an abbreviation or acronym. My logic says that it would be an abbreviation since a contraction would also change the phonetic version of the word while an abbreviation does not.

  • Your logic is correct. – Peter Shor Oct 1 '15 at 17:06
  • I suggest it is a contraction of the phonetic, 'thanx'. Note that some people consider this to be a thank you followed by a kiss. Kisses are commonly appended to a missive in the form of a letter 'X'. – chasly from UK Oct 1 '15 at 17:11
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Abbreviation. Rather like "Xmas", "thx" is a written, not a spoken, shorthand. The word is still pronounced "Thanks".

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Thx is an abbreviation of "thanks". The 'x' at the end replaces the 's', and when spoken aloud, sounds the same as the original word.

The word "thanks", is actually a plural of "thank you", so if you were given "many thanks", you were given many "thank yous".

  • Small nitpick, but the "x" replaces the "ks", same as in "thanx". – Laurel Feb 4 '18 at 21:39

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