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

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English and Double Abbreviation Possibilities [duplicate]

I've always wondered (and as a child caused quite a few frowns from my English teachers) working this out.. If we can abbreviate words like: Would and Not to Wouldn't Could and Have to Could've ...
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Punctuation & Spacing for abbreviations [duplicate]

What is the correct way to use the abbreviation for "Feet" (Ft) and should there a space between a number and the abbreviation?
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Can the period be dropped in “vs” when used as part of a compound modifier?

I'm editing a passage. I'm not bound by a style guide. I think that I could omit the period after vs and not break any punctuation rules. The boss said that the hyphens are required because the names ...
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Short form of thank God [closed]

I know it's wrong to say thanks God, but since there is no abbreviation for thank, is it correct to say Tnx God? I mean could 'Tnx God' be a short form of 'thank God'?
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How is an Annexure different from an Appendix?

I am reviewing a rather large(~150 page) design document and I feel that some sections are more descriptive and overloaded with jargon. However, modifying those sections seem to dilute the point being ...
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Pronunciation of iff

Do most of English speakers understand the word "iff" in text, and is there a standard pronunciation other than the full "if and only if"?
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How do I list multiple married couples names on an inviation

I am listing multiple married couples as hosts for a wedding shower. Do I have to use Mr. & Mrs. before every name? The space on the invitation is limited.
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“IoT”: How well understood is this abbreviation, especially when heard, not read? [closed]

How well understood is the abbreviation “IoT” for “Internet of things”? A company has a product, let’s call it the “IoT Refrigerator.” At first glance, I personally had no idea what this “IoT” is. ...
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Are “lb” or “lbs” ever pronounced differently from “pound(s)”?

The “standard” pronunciation of lb or lbs is the same as for pound(s). However, given the nature of humans, I find it likely that in some slang a pronunciation based on the written word is used, e.g....
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Short form of word “available”

Is there a short form for word Available as in qty for Quantity? I do not even think that "short from" is the right word for what I'm after. If that's so then what is this form called? Shorthand maybe?...
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Can I use “# of subjects” as “the number of subjects” in column headings in academic papers? [closed]

I'm now writing an academic paper. To keep a table column short, I want to abbreviate the heading "the number of subjects" as "# of subjects." I saw such an abbreviation somewhere, but I don't know ...
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Capitalization in abbreviated references

I was reading through some company documents regarding “Our Vision, Values And Principles”, etc., and was wondering about how they were referenced later in the text. Frequently the author wrote ...
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CC Before a date ie: CC 1788 on old Documents indicating a date of death?

I am doing Genealogy Research. The U.S., Newspaper Extractions from the Northeast, 1704-1930 indicates CC before a death date. What does CC stand for? Thank~you for your time, Michelle Knesebeck
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Is it true that people are unfamiliar with abbreviations like “i.e.” and “e.g.” and therefore it is best to avoid using them? [closed]

Is it true that people are generally unfamiliar with abbreviations like "i.e." and "e.g." and therefore it is best to avoid using them in technical writing? Avoid abbreviations such as “i.e.” and “...
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How to abbreviate a double-barrelled surname?

I have the initials D S-K as I have a double-barrelled surname, and this has always been how I have written them. I was recently reading through The Lord of the Rings, and realised that a character's ...
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Was the abbreviation “PC” for “Personal computer” in wide use before the IBM PC?

I am aware of the history of the term PC after the IBM PC, and I'm aware that the term Personal Computer has existed long before the IBM PC. However, what I don't know is if the abbreviation "PC" for "...
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Capital letter for the word following Inc

In the context of a catalogue, if a product comes with a charging cable for example, should it be typed: Inc. Charging cable. or Inc. charging cable.
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Synonym for “not the kind of” or “not the type of”

Is there a synonym or more succinct way to say "not the kind of" or "not the type of" as in: "This wrench is not the kind of wrench that can be used to open this machine." or "This vitamin is not ...
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Why PhD, and not DPh

Phd is an abbreviation of Doctor of Philosophy, but unlike MSc (Master of Science), MBA (Master of Business Administration) , BA (Bachelor of Arts), BSc (Bachelor of Science) and others the order of ...
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Is a word like 'thx' a contraction or abbreviation?

Putting aside that the use of 'thx' is bad, and it isn't really a word. Would 'thx' be considered a contraction or abbreviation? Contraction: a shortened version of the written and spoken forms of a ...
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Does using abbreviated/vernacular spelling affect reading speed? [closed]

The spelling in an average text message is quite bad ('u'=you, 'r'=are, 'l8r'=later, etc), and intentional abbreviations are often used for space concerns. Has the effect of this on reading speed and ...
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Noun + Gerund vs Gerund + Noun

I try to shorten the expression: "period [of smth] when [the device] moves / stands" to use it as a parameter name, and have come up with these two options: 'Period moving' / 'Period standing' '...
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Ending a sentence with abbreviation and ellipses

When using an abbreviation at the end of a sentence, such as "etc." and a ellipses, would you use three or four periods?
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3D vs 3d vs 3-d vs 3-dimensional

How do you correctly abbreviate that something is in "three dimensions" in formal writing? As per the title, would you write either "3D", "3d", or "3-d"? I want to write something like: The ...
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Clarifying abbreviation presentation

Consider the following sentence as an example: "The present analysis suggests that the central Indian (CI) region is loaded with higher aerosol concentration and that rainfall is significantly ...
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What is the spelled-out form of SA in Nestlé SA? [closed]

The Wikipedia page of Nestlé writes the full name of the company as Nestlé S.A. What does the S.A. stand for?
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about a weight abbreviation

I would like to ask a question about an abbreviation about for weighing silk and goatswool in a commercial manuscript. The abbreviation using like on the photos. Can you please help me what is the ...
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Does this numeronym abbreviation syntax have a specific name? [duplicate]

Is there a name for the type of numeronym abbreviation that has the first and last letters with the count of the missing letters in between? Some examples: l10n - localization p13n - ...
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Is it OK to pronounce kilogram as “kay gee” (/ˈkeɪˈdʒiː/)?

Would the same also apply to other abbreviations such as km (kay-em) instead of kilometer? I can see an advantage to reading millimeter as mm (em-em) because it's quicker to say.
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How to avoid two levels of parentheses when using abbreviations

In the paragraph below, technology-related terms like DSRC and LTE are mentioned for the first time in the text. So they have to be given in the long form. As a result, two levels of parentheses ...
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Is “apps” a concatenation?

I am aware that "apps" is commonly used as a plural form of "app" in this time and age, which in itself is an abbreviation of "application". But if I assume that "apps" is actually formed from "...
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Does English contain any “abbreviated” words as a core part of its corpus? [closed]

In other words, are any of the core words in English from the pre-digital era a derivation of other words, abbreviated? Online I find myself using "wrt" a lot, short for "with respect to". But "wrt" ...
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Abbreviation of “depth” [closed]

What is the abbreviation of "depth"? I found DPT and D. Sometimes they were accompanied by periods, other times not. Any help?
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Is “Jap” more commonly used in media with space restrictions?

From time to time, I encounter people using the word "Jap" on Twitter. One explanation I've seen for its use is that it's shorter than "Japanese" or "Japan", so it's easier to write tweets that fit ...
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Full stop after an abreviation [duplicate]

Consider a sentence ending with an abbreviation; for example: This theory is introduced by Hawking et al. The problem is that we usually put a period at the end of an abbreviation, but ...
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Using an abbreviation for 50 pence pieces, 50ps or 50p's?

When using an abbreviation for a coin such as the english 50 pence piece it is 50 p. But how do we make this a plural? 50ps or 50p's? In the following context: I have nine 50 pence peices. In speech ...
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A period between an abbreviation and other punctuation? [duplicate]

What rules apply to punctuation for an abbreviation, such as "etc," where another punctuation character follows? My question is a perfect illustration of itself! That is, should I say << such ...
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Period usage when abbreviating at the end of a sentence [duplicate]

Regarding the following expression, we can realize that the period character is of dual functionality in its nature: partly denoting the abbreviation, partly being used to end the sentence. I like ...
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Is there an opposite term for [sic]?

In academics, the note [sic] is used to make it clear that material lifted from a secondary source was incorrect as the author found it, as opposed to a mistake in the text. Is there an opposite term ...
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How to list multiple doctor abbreviations? [closed]

I am pretty sure when listing multiple abbreviations for a doctor/dentist that it should be the following, using commas: John Doe, DDS, MD, FACS But I am have a client who insists it is: John Doe, ...
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Is it acceptable to use Latin abbreviations in formal academic writings? [duplicate]

Is it acceptable to use Latin abbreviations such as "etc" and "e.g." in formal academic writings? Personally I think, they are. However, somewhere I read I should avoid them. Is it correct? In ...
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abbreviation and def.article [closed]

Hi what is better to use? Traditonal Library of WrUT ( WrUT is a Wroclaw University of Wroclaw) or Traditonal Library of the WrUT 2.Visit the website of WrUT Libraries’ or Visit the website of the ...
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What does “i.c.” mean? [closed]

This is a scholarly footnote: "Ferrarius, lib. i.c. iii p. 108." I do not understand what "i.c." means.
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Can PhD be written as PH.D in a name card? [duplicate]

I came across a name card from an academic staff, with title after the name written as PH.D Is this proper? WW
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Single word for “how many” [closed]

Is there a way to say "how many" in a single word? (even something in Old English should be good enough)
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Using hyphen to avoid repeating a word

In Finnish, 'linja-auto' is a bus, and 'rekka-auto' is a truck. If I were to write that I traveled with both I would write Matkustin linja- ja rekka-autolla. The sentence is equal to ...
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(Latin) Abbrevation for 'apropos' / 'regarding' / 'with respect to'

I am looking for a convenient abbreviation for the construction of 'with respect to' or 'regarding' or 'apropos'. I used to write "A with respect to B" as "A cf. B" but this is not really correct. Is ...
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What is the right way of abbreviating expressions like “A of B”? [closed]

Would it be... AOB AoB AB or something else? e.g. "Centre of Gravity" --> [COG/CoG/CG]
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How to transcribe a spoken abbreviation in writing

(This question was inspired by comments in a similar – but not duplicate – question.) Suppose I'm tasked with transcribing a physics lecture, and the instructor says that the answer is “42 km/s.” ...
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Need confirmation of usage of apostrophes

i often saw sentences like Inside we have the Curve’s, a cleaning tool, and 2 pairs of Comply’s. is 's meaning the word being possessed or abbreviation?