Abbreviation

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Why is the word abbreviation that long?

  1460, from Mideval French  abréviation, 
  from Latin abbreviationem (nom. abbreviatio), 
  from pp.(i dont know what dialect 'pp' is) of abbreviare "make brief," 
  from Latin. ad "to" + breviare "shorten," 
  from brevis "short, low, little, shallow" ).

A.D.D.