cello versus 'cello

Jo   Sunday, February 22, 2004, 00:28 GMT
Why do some people prefer writing this word as 'cello just to show that it's short for ''violoncello'' note that it is not ''violincello''.
mjd   Sunday, February 22, 2004, 01:20 GMT
"Cello" is the word we all know and by which we refer (and will continue to refer) to the instrument.
Rob   Sunday, February 22, 2004, 01:25 GMT
''Cello'' is short for ''violoncello''. It should be written ''cello'' not '' 'cello ''. Oh, and it's pronounced [chelOu].
Adam   Monday, February 23, 2004, 11:49 GMT
Yes. "Bus" is short for "Omnibus" but we don't say " 'bus".
Ne-vamble-da   Monday, February 23, 2004, 20:38 GMT
Jim   Monday, February 23, 2004, 23:54 GMT
... nor do we write "'phone" or "'plane" though their short for "telephone" and "aeroplane".
Ne-vamble-da   Tuesday, February 24, 2004, 02:12 GMT
Ne-vamble-da is a state in the United States yeah, I repeat ''ne-vamble-da''.
Jack   Tuesday, February 24, 2004, 04:10 GMT
You don't write 'phone and 'plane because both ''telephone'' and ''phone'' and both ''airplane'' and ''plane'' are really common. But ''omnibus'' and ''violoncello'' are not often heard. ''Bus'' and ''cello'' are most often heard and some people don't even know that those two words are short for something. Jim says ''nor do we write "'phone" or "'plane" though their short for "telephone" and "aeroplane".'' Correct-''their'' should be ''they're''.
Jim   Tuesday, February 24, 2004, 06:43 GMT
Yeah, "they're" not "their". I don't think that there's any need for the apostraphe in any of these words.