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

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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?
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Is there a name for the abbreviated syntax used in signs?

For instance, a train sign might say South bound trains this platform rather than Use this platform to take a Southbound train. There is an interesting lack of articles and sometimes verbs, is there ...
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“I make a hundred k a year”

How much money does someone earn when he says I make a hundred k a year. I understand it as make = earn hundred = 100 k = kilo So my final sentence is I earn 100000 CUR a year. where CUR is ...
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Title for student organization

I'm updating the website for my student organization. Link. Officially, we are the Texas A&M University Student Branch of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. The banner at the ...
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Why is “ammunition” shortened to “ammo” and not “ammu”?

According to Etymonline, ammo has been used as a shortened form of ammunition since 1917. Why does the shortened version end in o instead of u? The only reason I can think of is that it matches other ...
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Can “how has ” be abbreviated?

For example, if I say "How is your day going" I can abbreviate that to "How's" (How is). But if I said "How has your day been" can I abbreviate that to "How's" (How has)?
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What preposition to use with file extensions? [closed]

Basically, should I mentally decode file extension abbreviations, and thus: Documents in PDF (in format) Photos according to JPEG (... group) Alternatives: Shall I keep it as PDF? Could ...
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We should use abbreviation full name with capital first letters in footnote? [closed]

Suppose that I have a abbreviation in a scientific article and using a footnote for full name. Which one is true? Abbreviation (in text): AHS Footnote1: American Healthcare Society Footnote2 : ...
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Is there a term for a non-abbreviated word? [duplicate]

Take for example "memo", being short for "memorandum". If "memo" is an abbreviation, what is "memorandum"? Is there a term for the original, non-abbreviated word?
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What is n' the abreviation of [closed]

Can someone explain to me what n' is the abbreviation of. I have found someone using it like born n' bred. To me that would be stating a missing letter to shorten it down. But wouldn't it mean nd ...
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Is 'e.g.,' or 'e.g.' correct? [duplicate]

Is 'e.g.,' or 'e.g.' correct?. In some published papers, I either see 'e.g.,' or 'e.g.' used in some sentences or phrases. Can someone justify and comment?
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Usage of the word “one” in conjuction with name in genetive, like this example [closed]

A friend of mine sent me this picture. I wanted to answer with "Should be the Alladin's one" or "Should be Alladin's" my question is are both correct and which one is more preferable?
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Is there a correct abbreviation for “Interest” or “Interested”?

According to AllAcronyms.com, an acceptable abbreviation for "Interest" is "Int." Yet I am unsure that this is correct. What is the correct abbreviation for "Interested" and conversely "Not ...
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Using “e.g.” instead of “for example”

I am reviewing a software manual, and I frequently come across sentences like (made-up example): The value is 1, but you can set it to e.g. 100 It seems to me that the use of "e.g." is wrong in ...
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Why are i.e. and e.g. abbreviated with periods between each word and etc. not?

Why are i.e. (id est) and e.g. (exempli gratia) abbreviated with periods between each word and etc. (et cetera) not abbreviated as et.c.?