[OSM-talk] shortened names

andrzej zaborowski balrogg at gmail.com
Wed Jul 27 13:24:14 BST 2011


On 27 July 2011 12:01, Richard Fairhurst <richard en systemed.net> wrote:
> Increasingly you can treat "St" as a valid spelling of the word "saint",
> rather than merely an abbreviation. No (educated) native English speaker
> would write a placename with 'Saint', and every native English speaker would
> pronunce St in that context as 'saint'.

Still only if provided with enough context to correctly guess which of
the words spelt St it is.  This isn't the most complicated case, you
only need to process about one word ahead as context (or in this case
perhaps just knowing it's at the start of the name), but for many
tasks it would be great to eliminate the guessing.

Cheers



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