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Hi, Michael By definition and sample profile you provided with us, lookin' cannot be deemed as a contraction However, given the discussion here [help4407] words like lookin'-glass pickin'-up should be deemed as both a contraction and compound word, even though lookin' pickin' themselves were no contractions, and contraction can be two or more simple words connected by '- or -' were not mentioned in the definition of compound words, which is really confused. Here, "A contraction is a simple word followed by an apostrophe, followed by other alphabetics, e.g. "won't", "shouldn't" "A word-pair is two or more simple words separated by hyphens with no spaces around them. Word-pair is a word-pair." Does this mean contraction is also a kind of simple word? and therefore makes it acceptable in the compound word? There are many other contractions such as 'bout 'em, and all of them by definition were not regarded as contractions, but what if they are part of a compound word like love-'em 'em-love was-hangin' (I just made them up please don't look upon them) By definition, since there is nothing before the word 'em-love and nothing after was-hangin' these two words cannot be deemed as contractions right? Then what if there are multiple contractions in one compound word love'em-abou' and 'abou-love-'em? I really think we should limit the definition of contraction to only including I have-I've; I am-I'm; I would-I'd; we are-we're; What do you reckon?

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