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I remember in graduate school a professor using a word that sounded like "Hypochoriate" that meant the erosion of a sound based on common usage. I think! I liked the word but can't remember what it was, or even if I'm remembering correctly.

  • Well, "hypocoristic" means "relating to baby/childish talk". Could this be what the prof meant? – Mark Beadles Oct 26 '17 at 16:06
  • That may be what he meant. I thought it was a specific term relating to the process by which a word, through usage, gets eroded into something shorter. He was probably speaking metaphorically, as Faulkner scholars often do. – mutt Pretty Oct 27 '17 at 10:17
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The word in question might be

hypoarticulation

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This term, hypoarticulation is not recorded in many dictionary sources. However it is used in some academic works English pronunciation in a globalized world

I think this word fits the question, although there may be others.

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