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I have been seeing the word c'tee frequently. Here are some examples:

Sports minister sets up c’tee to find solution to football crisis http://www.vanguardngr.com/2011/08/sports-minister-sets-up-ctee-to-find-solution-to-football-crisis/

Trajtenberg C’tee Presenting Final Recommendations Today http://www.israelidiamond.co.il/english/news.aspx?boneid=918&objid=9925

ADIA - National C'tee Meetings http://www.adia.org.au/meetings/national

Safety & Equipment Audits - YNSW Special Regs C'tee Reports http://www.rpayc.com.au/sailing/safety-equipment-audits/page-7

Ramelton Fever Hospital C'tee meeting 1905 http://www.askaboutireland.ie/reading-room/history-heritage/heritage-towns/the-heritage-towns-of-don/ramelton/ramelton-fever-hospital-c-1/

From the context the word seems to mean either a [political] investigation or a [government] minister. I cannot find any English-English or English-Hebrew dictionary definitions, though. Using Google Translate I cannot find the word in French, German, nor any other obvious European language. What is it, exactly?

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    General reference. – Mitch Oct 3 '11 at 14:10
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    Hah! I had my c++ hat on when I read this, and for a second I thought it would mean "constructee", as c'tor is usually "constructor" ;) – drxzcl Oct 3 '11 at 15:30
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    @Mitch: this question looks like it would be “general reference”, until you try a few of the usual places and find that they don’t list it. So +1’ing it and the answer, and hoping this question gets high in the google rankings! – PLL Oct 3 '11 at 16:06
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    @PLL: Google c'tee abbreviation and ELU is #1! It's gen ref now, but only because of this question! – Daniel Oct 3 '11 at 18:17
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    C'tee meaning brings it to the top too. Ahhh, the power! – Daniel Oct 26 '11 at 0:56
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It's an abbreviation of committee.

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    I think it's generally a headline abbreviation as well, and not one that most people would use in other contexts. – Kit Z. Fox Oct 3 '11 at 11:24
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    Is this specific to the UK, or have I just never run into it before? – user13141 Oct 3 '11 at 12:19
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    @onomatomaniak: I've never heard of this abbreviation in the UK. I think Kith might be right it. – Ambo100 Oct 3 '11 at 12:43
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    None of the OP’s examples is from a UK source. – Barrie England Oct 3 '11 at 14:09
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    I've usually seen "c'ttee" which is at least semi-guessable. – Tim Lymington Oct 10 '11 at 13:34

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