It was interesting to find out that one of the meanings of the verb “contract” is a kind of “shorten” or “minimize”. Here is a quote from the

  1. To enter into by contract; establish or settle by formal agreement: contract a marriage.
  2. To acquire or incur: contract obligations; contract a serious illness.
    1. To reduce in size by drawing together; shrink.
    2. To pull together; wrinkle.
  3. Grammar. To shorten (a word or words) by omitting or combining some of the letters or sounds, as do not to don’t.

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