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In German there is an abbreviation for so genannt, which is sog.

Is there a known popular abbreviation for the equivalent so-called in English?

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Nope, AFAIK so-called is about as brief as it gets. – Jez Jul 16 '11 at 12:31
There is AKA (sometimes aka) for "also known as", and with a sufficiently sarcastic tone this can be used for so-called. – Henry Jul 16 '11 at 23:11
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None that I know of - therefore definitely not a known popular one.

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