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the gradual disappearance of an initial (usually unstressed) vowel or syllable as in 'squire' for 'esquire'

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The analysis of the dates of the first attestations of these three prepositions clearly implies that the etymology of ME twen(e) needs to be revised as "an aphetic form of betwen(e) < OE betweonum".
offers no obviously correct explanation under "size" but notes that in early use this could be an aphetic form of "assize," which affords the gloss "assessed," used here, however, in an unrecorded figurative sense.
The assumption of a- as a negative prefix, which is to contrast bandoun 'dominion, control' and abandoun 'abandonment; surrender' may be mere speculation, since bandoun can be interpreted as an aphetic variant of abandoun.