One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Ellipsis of the beginning of a grammatical structure in speech or writing.
1920s; earliest use found in Otto Jespersen (1860–1943), linguist. From pro- + Greek σιώπησις taciturnity, in scholia (medieval Greek or earlier) on Ptolemy Tetrabiblos 160 from ancient Greek σιωπᾶν to be silent + -σις; compare quot. 1922.
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