An abbreviation is a shortened form of a word, or phrase.

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Listing an abbreviation with two different expansions

How should I list an abbreviation that has two different expansions? Eg: LD - Leadership Development, LD - Liquidity Damage. I have quite a few of these and I need to list them in a glossary. ...
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Correct abbreviation for “byte” and “bit” [closed]

What is the correct abbreviation for the word “byte”? What about the word “bit”? For example, isn't it common to see in printed media that “Kb”, “Mb” and “Gb” are used in place of “KB”, “MB” and ...
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Qualification title for French “diplôme d'ingénieur”

My Google-fu has maybe failed me, but I couldn't find an authoritative source about the correct English qualification title for a French diplôme d'ingénieur. Some sources say the title is M.Sc., ...
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Why does European packaging use “gb” to represent English?

Something I've always wondered is why companies that are based in Europe tend to use "country" abbreviations to represent a language instead of the language abbreviation itself. Given that there are ...
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Is it correct to write the telephone abbreviation as “Tel” when the number refers to a mobile phone?

Really, I don't know whether in other countries (English speaking) there is a difference between telephone and mobile phones numbers. If there is no such difference, then this question makes no sense. ...
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What is the correct way to style academic degrees after a name in British English?

What is the correct way to style academic degrees in British English? I've got a name: Jane Doe RN Dip HV BSc My question is: How should I style the degrees? Jane Doe, RN Dip., HV, BSc. ...
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abbreviation of units of measure: 'hours' vs. 'minutes'

The abbreviation for ‘hours’ is hrs. The one for "Minute" is 'min'. It is a unit of measure, which have standard abbreviations, and they do not change in plural nor have a final period. So, the ...
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Can you end a sentence in parentheses? [closed]

I am a supporter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).
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Manage abbreviations before parantheses at the end of a sentence

There are already topics very close to my question, but not quite there. Does anyone know what to do about this: We review our accounts p.a. (at the end of the year). Normally, without the text ...
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Meaning of W in SFPW, or a synonym that starts with a W

Big disclaimer: when I was proofreading my question it sounds like I am doing a crossword puzzle. So I added some extra information to avoid confusion. I am making an Excel sheet that assists in Risk ...
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Is the second period necessary after an abbreviation?

Which one of the following is correct? only in the continental U.S.A. For all other countries... only in the continental U.S.A.. For all other countries... I am not sure if I need two periods ...
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What does “RP” mean in the context? [closed]

Can you help me understand what my client meant about RP in this context: I canceled my application since the payment scheme wasn't validated in RP.
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What are the abbreviations for days of the week? [closed]

I would like to know if there is a common abbreviation for days of the week in a two letter form. I mean: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday; can be abbreviated as Su, Mo, ...
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Is it correct to use two consecutive dots indicating an abbreviation and a full stop? [duplicate]

A quote from "Bad tendency" (Wikipedia): The principle, formulated in Patterson v. Colorado, (1907) was seemingly overturned with the "clear and present danger" principle used in the landmark case ...
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Just once I'd like a PB & PB

Not sure if that has a special meaning but I heard it in a movie: Just once I’d like a PB & PB. What does it mean? Here is a cartoon:
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How do you abbreviate “Government”?

As far as I can tell there are eight ways to abbreviate or write the contracted form "government". gov or Gov gov. or Gov. gov't or Gov't govt. or Govt. (with the full stop/period) Are any of ...
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Why is “pound” (of weight) abbreviated “lb”?

Answers to Correct usage of lbs. as in "pounds" of weight suggest that "lb" is for "libra" (Latin), but how has this apparent inconsistency between the specific unit of weight "pound" and ...
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“It isn't” vs “It is not” (Google suggestion) - which one is more common? [duplicate]

Everyone agrees that: Semantically "It's not" and "It isn't" mean the same thing: "It is not". No doubt here. See: http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20110704115859AAmQmxZ The reason ...
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How to pronounce/say the abbreviation 'i.e.'?

I know that 'i.e.' is an abbreviation of 'that is'. But, my question is about pronouncing it perhaps, in normal speech, reading from a piece of text containing the abbreviation, etc. In the US, ...
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Where can I find a list of colloquial abbreviations for cities? [closed]

I'm seeking a list of commonly used abbreviations for US cities (and also European cities, but let's start with the US). When I say abbreviations, that could be anything from 2 letters or more that ...
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Origin of “no.” abbreviation in meaning of “number”? [duplicate]

I Russian speaker and we have № sign for American #. But I surprised that there are uses of No. abbreviation as shortened form of number. What the origin of "no." abbreviation in meaning of ...
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Using a tilde with currency

I think this is quite a simple question but one I have found no answers for. In regards to a tilde, I believe it can be used as an abbreviation for "about". For example ~5 translates to "about 5" (an ...
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Is the Latin abbreviation “f” (folio) commonly used in page ranges?

When citing from an inclusive range of two consecutive pages such as pages 25 and 26, one can write 25–26 or 25f I know this is a question of style, but I am having little luck with Google ...
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What is the correct format for using commas after periods? [duplicate]

Basically, I wish to write something along the lines of Bob, C.J., Greg and Charles all went to the store. I'm not sure about the use of the comma after the C.J. Is this correct punctuation? ...
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How do I cite a page in my own book?

Every so often I want to ask the reader to look back at a page in the current book they have in their hands (my Ph. D. thesis). If I write something like Critically, breaking a mathematical task ...
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Are “w/o”, “w/”, “b/c” common abbreviations?

I remember when staying a few months in the US years ago that I saw some people using the abbreviations below. However, I can't exactly remember in which contexts I encountered them, (whether I saw my ...
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When to use “a” vs “an” [duplicate]

I know the general rule is to use "a" if the word following starts with a consonant, and "an" if it starts with a vowel. I found this page that lists some exceptions: ...
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What is the students’ jargon or abbreviation to mean a report made up by only putting data downloaded from internet together in English, if it exists?

Japanese students call a report and essay made up by only putting data downloaded from internet e.g. Wikipedia together without including their own thought or creative ideas a “コピペ-Kopipe,” which is ...
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Correct usage of lbs. as in “pounds” of weight

What is the correct way to say: "All items over 5 lbs. are excluded." I'm specifically asking about "lbs." or is it "lb."? American English if it matters. Also is "5lbs." ever correct? Or is it "5 ...
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Should a sentence ending with “Ph.D.” end with one or two periods? [duplicate]

Should a sentence ending with the word Ph. D. end with one or two periods? He has a Ph.D. He has a Ph.D.. Is there some established formatting rule for this situation? It might be a ...
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Proper to add tense to acronyms, abbreviations and initialisms

What is the correct way to pluralize an acronym? asked about pluralising acronyms, abbreviations and initialisms, but is there a standard way to add verb endings e.g. -ing and -ed (what are these ...
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How would we punctuate a sentence which ends in an abbreviation and exclamation mark or question mark? [duplicate]

I was wondering what to do if I have abbreviation at the end of a sentence which ends in a question mark. What is Google inc.? What is Google inc. What is Google inc?
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General Rules for Creating Abbreviations [closed]

Can you create an abbreviation for any word that has no commonly accepted abbreviation simply by dropping some or all the vowels (i.e., restore: rstr or restr; replace: rplc or replc)?
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Capitalization of biological abbreviations at the beginning of a sentence

In the beginning of a sentence, should I capitalize abbreviations such as the following: hPSC (human pluripotent stem cell) mESC (mouse embryonic stem cell) rDNA (recombinant deoxyribonucleic acid) ...
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Height and weight written out

In formal writing I like to do this (in British style): The infant weighed 10lb 5oz; a 10lb 5oz infant He was 6ft 3in tall; a 6ft 3in man My question is about the plural usage: do we ...
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Which abbreviation for the world wars is more correct; WWI or WW1?

At my daughter's school, there is an exercise in general knowledge; this term's is about " The World Wars". The question posed is which abbreviation is correct, the first with Roman numerals or the ...
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What is the proper way to spell “inspiraysh”?

I've noticed a trend among "younger people" to shorten words by simply cutting the ending off. For example, instead of inspiration they might say something like inspiraysh. What is the proper way ...
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Singular and plural forms of abbreviations of expressions with “of” in the middle

Is it grammatically correct to abbreviate expressions with of in the middle? If so, what will be the singular and plural forms of such abbreviations if the word that changes is not the last one in the ...
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What would be the proper abbreviation for an event that has yet occur?

I am looking for an abbreviation for an event that is expected to occur in the future, but has yet to occur. Similar to TBD for to be determined and TBA for to be announced. My events are a series ...
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Can “R&D” be used as a verb?

Is "We do R&D" or "We do hardware R&D", where "R&D" is used as a noun, more correct than "We R&D hardware", where "R&D" is used as a verb?
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“This is actually true” vs. [sic]

I often find myself in need of a short expression, to emphasize that what I just wrote (not quoted) is actually true. In cases of paradoxes or illogical truths for instance, like The Monty Hall ...
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What does the abbreviation “con” mean in the following context? [closed]

I have no idea what con means reading through this profile. Pro : Java, Design patterns, Quick learner (API, SDK, etc.), PHP, Javascript. Con : C++ skills for gaming industry Love : ...
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What's the correct way of writing a higher education title (MSc or M.Sc.) [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Should I write “PhD” or “Ph.D.”? I see that PhD is written PhD while the undergraduate degree is written B.Sc. What's the reason for this? Should I write the Master of ...
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Should the abbreviation for “identifier” be capitalized?

I'm a programmer and I often see the abbreviation ID (capitalized) in technical documents and code. Is this correct, or should it be id?
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“VPN Networks” vs. “VPNs”

I am writing a technical report on a topic which includes a Virtual Private Network. These are commonly abbreviated as VPN. However it feels strange writing something along the lines of VPNs are ...
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“Al” as a reduction of “Alexander” [closed]

Can I use Al as a reduction of the name Alexander? Is this reduction clear to native English speakers?
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Meaning of abbreviated vulgarity

Preface: Despite the fact that this question includes vulgar language, it is not intended to be offensive, unprofessional, or humorous, but rather is a serious question. In the statement, "F**king ...
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When is an example not an example?

I have a question about writing in journals. I would like to learn more Spanish words. Rojo means red. Should there be something before the meaning of rojo is given? I've thought of using e.g., ...
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What is the meaning and usage of the abbreviation “v. a.”?

At the time of this writing there is no explanation on wiktionary, and searching the web does not yield an answer, only more instances of its use: A random entry at the Etymological Dictionary of ...
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Is “… et al. data.” proper grammar? [closed]

Would it be proper grammar to use the Latin phrase in the following way? The items inserted came from departments, employees et al. data.