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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?

Best,
-James
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Dr James Cummings, Oxford Text Archive, University of Oxford
James dot Cummings at oucs dot ox dot ac dot uk