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

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Whatever happened to “eyeglasses”, “facial tissues”, and “video game consoles”?

Now-a-days, we tend to ask:"Have you seen my glasses anywhere?" "Do you have any spare tissues to lend me?" and "How many consoles do you own?" It's just quicker to say and any native speaker will ...
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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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What is “Gatcha” short for?

What is gatcha short for? Is it standard English, or is it used in the spoken language only?
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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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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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“Gotta” pronunciation

Recently, I realized that pronunciations of the reduction gotta in GB and US English are different. Could you suggest to me, please, any tutorial explaining pronunciation of this and other such ...
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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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What is the term for a shortened word that is pronounced based on phantom letters?

I'm only posting out of curiosity. But recently I've begun to wonder what you would call a shortening of a word that only sounds correct when spoken, and the pronunciation cannot be inferred from its ...
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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.
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When to use or omit periods in acronyms, abbreviations, and initials [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is it OK to drop the periods in abbreviations? I don't understand when or where to use or discard a period when writing short forms. For example, my college is the ...
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Is it appropriate to write RIP for expressing grief? [closed]

I came to this question after I saw a Facebook post about someone who passed away with everyone posting rip as a comment. Wikipedia tells me the following about the abbreviation of RIP: "Rest in ...
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'Horeca', is it English? Alternatives?

In Dutch there's a quite commonly used word that denotes the commercial sector around selling food and beverages for immediate (or near-immediate, e.g. take-out meals) consumption: horeca. (This ...
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Is there an American term for a group of elitist schools, similar to the abbreviation “Oxbridge”?

I saw the word, ‘Oxbridge’, a portmanteau of Oxford and Cambridge, in a comment to a question asking for a better word for ‘invigilator’: Whereas the situation is reversed in the UK, and one in a ...
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Exempli Gratia help [closed]

Is there a plural for e.g., the abbreviation of exempli gratia? Or is it regular to use it before multiple examples? I know that some abbreviations double up in their letters in the plural, but I ...
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Avoiding confusion with multiple use of ibids, how would one do it?

I was thinking and researching about the use of Ibid in footnotes/endnotes etc. and found the following example in Wikipedia: [1] E. Vijh, Latin for Dummies (New York: Academic, 1997), p. 23 [2] ...
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Is the abbreviation “etc.” or “and so on” acceptable in formal writing? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: On the usage of “etcetera” Is the abbreviation etc. or "and so on" acceptable in scientific writing papers?
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Why abbreviation for “Definition” as “Def^n” (math context)

I've seen in math and physics lectures delivered in English, that people use to abreviate the commonly very used word "Definition" by "Def n"(Def superscript n). What's the meaning of this n? That is, ...
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OED Appeals: Antedatings of “DIY”

The OED has made a public appeal for help in tracing the history of some English words, including: DIY abbreviation earlier than 1955 DIY is of course an abbreviation of do it yourself, ...
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Should the abbreviation 'i.e.' be used in speech?

I often hear people use the abbreviation 'i.e.' while speaking. It does not seem right to me. Similarly with 'e.g.' — I would always say 'for example' rather than 'e.g.'. So is it appropriate to ...
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Apostrophe and plurals of abbreviations [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the correct way to pluralize an acronym? I was in Middlesbrough yesterday and spotted: CJ’s Cafe So far, so good, I thought. A selection of the delights within ...
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How to correctly assimilate dots, if at all?

I see this sentence: There are many examples like mining, farming, foresting etc., that are dangerous to society because they cause environmental damage. Shouldn't "etc.," be written instead ...
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Is the word “etc.” including more things which are not mentioned? [closed]

I wonder the correct usage of 'etc.'. It seems to me that some people, they really pursuit thoroughness when they try to list things and they speak etc. at the end like saying "that's all". For ...
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Abbreviation or expression for ‘we will prove that’ [closed]

In German mathematics, the expression ‘Zu zeigen’ exists, which translates to ‘to show’. It is used at the beginning of proofs (or the answers to exercises) to state what exactly will be shown in the ...