6.11b Preference for the contractions and, for, of, the, and with. [XII.38.b]

Where alternative contractions or combinations of them would occupy the same amount of space, preference should be given to the part-word contractions for and, for, of, the, and with. Examples:

bro(the)r

[not]

bro(th)(er)

nor(the)rn

[not]

nor(th)(er)n

soo(the)d

[not]

soo(th)(ed)