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

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Is “legit” a legitimate word?

Is legit an actual word, or is it a slang word that has been shortened from legitimate?
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“cu” for “see you”, “ic” for “I see” - what do you call those? [duplicate]

How do you call the sequences of letters that produce phrases when read letter by letter? Examples include "CU" for "see you", "IC" for "I see" and so on.
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Abbreviations of St, Ave, Blvd, etc., for intersections and plurals of

For a document I'm preparing that includes photos, each photo caption includes the approximate street intersection from which the photo was taken, e.g.: ...., Market St & Grant Ave looking ...
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Why “An HTML editor” not “A HTML editor”? [duplicate]

I always see An HTML editor but surely it would be A HTML editor as the H isn't a vowel nor does it sound like a vowel. Why is this?
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What does : ca. 1828 mean? ca. before a date? [closed]

Could you tell me What " ca. 1828" mean? ca. before a date ? Thanks for your answers
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what is the correct abbreviation for millions, billions and trillions in a financial context?

I've found answers on the web but also got conflicting answers from financial professionals (coworkers). In metric, you'd use M (mega) for million, G (giga) for billion and T (tera) for trillion. ...
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Writing deadlines

I'm currently using the following date format for setting deadlines: Monday, 27 January 2014, 3 PM My questions are: Should I mention time at the beginning or leave it at the end? Should I ...
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When were st, nd, rd, and th, first used [closed]

When were numeric contractions for ordinals first used, as in 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 6th instead of first, second, third, sixth?
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How to shorten “look at”? [closed]

I need to find a shortened format (abbreviation) for the words "look at" (to be used when referring people to another website). For example: Example given → e.g
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What a common abbreviation for two's complement code

What a common abbreviation for two's complement code? I've searched on Google, and find "TCC" as a required abbreviation on thefreedictionary. Is it commonly recognized? Or may be there are some other ...
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What is the full form of RSVP? [closed]

I just wanted to know what is the English full form of "RSVP", a word which we usually use on invitation cards? I read somewhere it's a French word. So I wanted to confirm if it has any English full ...
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Where does A/C abbreviation for aircraft come from?

I am wondering where did A/C abbreviation originate, and especially the slash since aircraft is one word. For instance, I can understand why there is a slash while abbreviating air conditioning.
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What is the opposite of “abbreviation”?

What is the opposite of "abbreviation"? For example, if ELL is an abbreviation for English Language Learners, then English Language Learners is a(n) _______ for ELL. I'm looking for a word that will ...
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Is 'acronymise/ze' a word? Is it used only colloquially, if at all?

I just sent a text to a friend, who didn't understand an acronym I used for a game: "Ah, I said it in a previous text so thought it was ok to abbreviate it." Though, since it was an acronym I ...
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Punctuation with Abbreviations [duplicate]

How would punctuation be used in a sentence ending with an abbreviation? Example: I live in the U.S.. Do you live in the U.S.? We all live in the U.S.!
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What's a shorter way to say recommendation?

Looking for abbreviation or similar meaning words. The context is recommended songs, movies, books etc. I need a shorter way to say the same thing (preferably half the characters) in order to fit it ...
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What is the abbreviation for 'century'?

I remember being taught in history classes to abbreviate century by writing a large capital C followed by the ordinal number as in: C18th without the full-stop (period). Recently I have noticed on ...
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Is it “congrats” or “congrads”? [closed]

Is it appropriate to abbreviate "congratulations" as "congrats" or "congrads", or are both acceptable? I have seen the latter used very often which is why I'm asking.
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What is an “aff argument?” [closed]

Is it short for "affluence," "affirmative," or something different? This is where it is used: ...
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Professor Bob's lab

I know "Bob's house" and "Bob's" mean the same thing. Question 1: Is there a name for this grammatical phenomenon? Can one call it an abbreviation? Question 2: In the context of within a ...
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What is the correct way to form a demonym from an acronym?

For instance, what is the equivalent of New Yorker when using the acronym (NY or N.Y. instead of New York)?
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How to abbreviate “and” when used in a name [duplicate]

How to abbreviate "and" in titles such as "Lavender 'n Fields"?
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Latin abbreviation to use in English to replace “as such” [closed]

I was wondering if I can use "et al." in order to say "as such" after a list of elements in a sentence given as example. If not: What can be the correct Latin abbreviation to use to replace "as ...
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Why “e.g.” and not “f.e.”? Why “i.e.” and not “t.i.”?

As a non-native English speaker without a classical education, it took me quite some time to appreciate the "e.g." and "i.e." abbreviations. What is wrong with "f.e." ("for example") and "t.i." ...
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What is common shortcut for “quantity”?

I found on an invoice the shortcut QTTY that stands for the word quantity. Simplified part of the invoice: Item | QTTY Unit | Unit Price |Total Price Product X | 2 | 100.00 | ...
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Should I capitalize the phrase that has its abbreviation following?

I am doing a technical and scientific writing. I have been confused by this for a long time. Basically, there are two case. A well-known phrase with its abbreviation. e.g. Global Positioning System ...
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Abbreviation for current

I am looking for an abbreviation for the word "current" to match the similar abbreviation "prev" for "previous" (it is being used specifically in the context of a sequence of items: previous --> ...
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What's “NAmE” abbreviated from in “Oxford Advanced Learners Dictionary”?

The "N" in "NAmE" confuses me very much.
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Looking for the most common abbreviation to indicate the end of a working day

I'm looking for an abbreviation to indicate that I finished work for the day. Example usage: "I'm going home, its ... for me". I found some examples on the internet, but I'm wondering what's most ...
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Abreviating a ship name with an apostrophe?

If a ship is named the Scienta Victoria, and I wish to drop the first word for the sake of brevity, is it proper to place an apostrophe before the "Victoria" to signify the dropped word?
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What's the shortest abbreviation for “see attachment” or “see enclosed file” in an e-mail?

I often send empty e-mails with just some attachments. Since some e-mail clients don't show the presence of attachments very clearly, I prefer to indicate that the e-mail contains attachments. In ...
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Translation of foreign company names and abbreviations [closed]

How do I deal with translation of names of foreign organisations or company names and their abbreviations? I have an example where I want to refer to the Swedish television company SVT, which is an ...
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Usage of the abbreviations “w/” and “w/o” in presentations [duplicate]

I like to use the abbreviations "w/" for "with" and "w/o" for "without" on my powerpoint slides and also in emails. According to this discussion Are "w/o", "w/", "b/c" ...
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What's exactly I'mma? I'mma go now, I'mma open that for you

When I chat I hear sometimes "I'mma ..." like in: "I'mma go now" or "I'mma open that for you" I am not sure how it's written, I have never got a precise answer when I asked. Should I learn to ...
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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 ...