Is there a term for words like "wanna" or "gonna" which have been shortened from their originals of "want to" and "going to"?
Informal expressions, slang expressions. ecenglish.com/learnenglish/node/403– user66974Sep 28, 2017 at 9:38
But (to my surprise) becoming more standard nowadays. Found even in formal writing.– GEdgarSep 28, 2017 at 11:37
They are called contractions.
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gonna /ˈgɒnə / informal ▸ (contraction) going to: so what you gonna do now?
wanna /ˈwɒnə / informal ▸ (contraction) want to; want a: you wanna know how low I've stooped? I wanna guitar. OxfordLivingDictionaries
That's not OED you've linked to, mahmud. It's a different Oxford dictionary. Sep 28, 2017 at 13:09
@EdwinAshworth, Yes, you are right. Thanks for pointing out the mistake. It's OLD! Sep 28, 2017 at 13:57
I use the abbreviation ODO, which I think is the one the Meta people advise us to use. Sep 28, 2017 at 14:04