Where did the expression “uncut” come from?

At first glance, it may seem that the expression “without cuts”, which can be found in the media and literature, is associated with money. But it's not. In fact, it means that a literary, scientific or musical work is published without abbreviations, exceptions and omissions.

Where did the expression come from?

The word «banknote», in addition to its financial meaning, also denotes a reduction, an exclusion made in a text (scientific, literary, musical). According to the dictionary of foreign words edited by N. G. Komlev, this word came from the French coupure — “abbreviation”, which, in turn, is formed from couper — “cut”. A popular dictionary of the Russian language indicates that the word “billion” in the meaning of “abbreviation” has been used in Russian since the middle of the 19th century.

In publishing, the concept of “cut in quotes” is also used. It denotes the removal of words and sentences not needed for the purpose of citation, which does not distort the thought of the cited author. As the publishing dictionary-reference notes, the bill in quotes is indicated by an ellipsis in place of missing words and an ellipsis in angle brackets if the whole sentence or several sentences have been removed.

Sources:

https://dic.academic.ru/dic.nsf/dic_fwords/39061/BILL

https://popular.academic.ru/1843/bill

https ://publishing_dictionary.academic.ru/1459/Bills_in_quotes

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