Ralph Cleminson wrote:
> So do I -- up to a point. That is, while "s/he" is, in practice, short
> for "he or she" (leaving aside the question of whether the writer wrote
> the former in order to avoid writing the latter), my impression is that
> "media/tion" may be used not to mean "media or mediation" but in order
> to convey a concept that partakes of both but is neither. In such a
> case it is neither regularisable nor expandable, and the only thing to
> do is to leave it as it is.
Yes, in that case it is simple a specialised <term>media/tion</term> which
should be glossed I think. (or perhaps something to be marked as <distinct>
depending on why one wants to mark this?) It certain isn't an abbreviation
in the normal sense. You could argue that it is an abbreviation for a
concept...but isn't that what words are?
Dr James Cummings, Oxford Text Archive, University of Oxford
James dot Cummings at oucs dot ox dot ac dot uk