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

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Understanding customary usage(s?) of “FYI” [closed]

Can anyone demonstrate the various usages of FYI, meaning the “for your information” thing? It would be great to see it in different kinds of sentences!
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Is “iff” considered a real word or just an abbreviation?

I wonder if "iff" is considered a real word (as LEO says) or is it just an abbreviation (as in Wiktionary)?
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What does “E-Z” mean?

Is it an abbreviation or is it used instead "A-Z"? I have seen it being used multiple places: E-Z cook oven E-Z Hiscores
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First name initial format “A. B. Lastname” vs “A.-B. Lastname”

Sometimes I see names abbreviated sometimes as A. B. Lastname and some other times A.-B. Lastname. Is there a difference? Does the former means it is a middle name, and the latter means it is a part ...
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What are the patterns/rules for determining U.S. state abbreviations?

I vaguely recall memorizing the state abbreviations in grades school. And I seem to remember my teacher sharing a few ground rules for helping us memorize them. No two states may have the same ...
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Questions about abbreviations [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “PIN Number” — why do we say it? Assume we abbreviate "Orthogonal Multi-user Channel" as OMC. Is it correct to use the phrase "OMC channel" since channel is ...
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What is the correct plural form of an abbreviation whose last word starts with 'S'? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the correct way to pluralize an acronym? Plural of an initialism that ends with the letter S What is the correct plural form of an abbreviation whose last word ...
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What are the replacements for “i.e.” and what are their differences?

I can think of "that is to say", "in other words", "put differently". And I'd like to know if there are any subtle differences in the usage of these synonyms. Can they always be used interchangeably ...
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Abbreviations and Full Stops

What are the rules for putting a full stop after an abbreviation. For instance, I want to say the following on my business card. Tel: xxx-xxx-xxx Do I need to put a full stop after the Tel? Tel.: ...
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Is it right to call it “SEO” and how do you pronounce it? [closed]

Two questions: I couldn't find a source to decide whether to assume SEO an acronym or not. How should I pronounce it? SEO stands for "Search Engine Optimization" while it is the process of improving ...
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NSPF abbreviation

I am looking at some US statistics and I have found this abbreviation, with this explanation (pdf) in the subtext. NSPF - Not specifically provided for. The context is a list of US trading ...
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English abbreviation for: added by redaction

In Dutch, for example in a newspaper, when someone is quoted, the redaction might decide to explain something, or add more information. This would be done using the 'red.' abbreviation (for ...
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Abbreviation for “or the rest” (or “or others”)?

The Latin et cetera, abbreviated etc., is often used at the end of an incomplete, inclusive list of items when it is clear that there are more items than can be enumerated conveniently and there is no ...
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Proper punctuation in abbreviation of Nota Bene [closed]

Which of the following are "correct" ways to abbreviate Nota Bene? N.B. blahblah n.b. blahblah NB. blahblah nb. blahblah NB: blahblah nb: blahblah NB blahblah nb blahblah (etc.) Authoritative ...
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What is the proper title abbreviation for addressing multiple people?

I'm writing a letter to several recipients in the same document and want to address them correctly at the start. Is the following correct (I suspect not) and if not, what should it be: Dear Mr's ...
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Word for encoder-decoder

Modem is a common word for modulator/demodulator. Is there a word that in a similar fashion (or in general) would describe the encoder and decoder functionality presented in one piece?
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Using “exempli gratia” in essays

Can I use "exempli gratia" (short for e.g.) in place of "for example?" If so, do I need to add any words to it to completely replace the phrase "for example?"
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How do I abbreviate “little” correctly?

As I understand it, apostrophes are used to show where a letter/letters are missing (e.g. shouldn't-> should not, hadn't-> had not). So when I abbreviate "little", is it correct to write: li'l' ...
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Is 'smth' a correct abbreviation in American English?

How common is the usage of 'smth' in American English as an abbreviation of 'something'?
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Abbreviation. Why *xmas*? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why do some words have “X” as a substitute? I had seen abbreviations like sk8 (meanning skate, using sk and the number pronunciantion eight). But why ...
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What does “sq” mean when referencing page or verse numbers? [closed]

In the book I am reading (Patrick Fairbairn, The Interpretation of Prophecy, 2nd ed., 1865), the abbreviation "sq." is used sometimes in referencing both Scripture and other books (as "Typology of ...
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“Mic” as an abbreviation for microwave

Last week, I was among a group of friends and commented on the fact that someone had removed a sticker from their microwave. I used the word "mic" to abbreviate microwave, and people thought I was ...
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How can I write a given date in an abbreviated form? [closed]

Are these acceptable? Nov. 2nd, 2011 Nov 2nd, 2011 Nov 2, 2011
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Is 'that is' optional?

When I write something like this: I am a man that is doing these things. Is it correct to shorten it like this? I am a man doing these things. And does it require commas?
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Is it correct that “etc.” can not be used together in a sentence with “for example” and “such as”?

I just read an article from a Chinese website for English teaching which mentions that point. For instance, one can't say: "I can play quite a few musical instruments, for example, the flute, the ...
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Should I capitalize a contraction at the beginning of a sentence?

In the following sentence: 'cause I know what you been doing on your weekends, girl. Should the "c" in cause be capitalized or does the fact that the first two letters have been replaced by an ...
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“Versus” versus “vs.” in writing

In writing, when should one use the abbreviation vs. as opposed to the full versus? This abbreviation seems to have special status from common usage. What is the origin of that, and in what writing ...
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Italicization of “aka”

I received a document where one collaborator italicized aka and another did not. Should aka be italicized?
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Spaces after periods in abbreviations

Should I put spaces after periods in the following examples? A.B. Buffington (between the initials) Vol.2, No.6, pp.195-200 I see people missing spaces in their academic writing all the time and I ...
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How to spell “the youzhe” as in the abbreviation of “the usual”

The usual is a common reply to what will you order? or what are you up to?. It is often abbreviated, in Canada, to the first syllable of usual, as in the youzhe. How would you spell this abbreviation? ...
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Origin of the phrase “for the win”?

Just curious as to where "for the win" (commonly abbreviated FTW) originated?
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Is “camp” short for “campaign”?

Someone on Stack Overflow says "open source camp" is one of his interests. At first sight, I was confused by the use of "camp" here. Now I feel that it might refer to the word "campaign", which seems ...
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More terse form of “the topic of which was”

I'm looking for a phrase to replace the topic of which was, with the goal of brevity. For example, could something like The novel, the topic of which was whaling, proved to be excellent ...
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Differences between e.g., viz. and i.e.

What are the differences between viz. and eg. and in which situations each is used? Please also compare the usage with i.e. if appropriate. Edit: In response to a comment below: I'm asking this as I ...
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Punctuating “etc.” after a series of questions

How should I terminally punctuate etc. when it's used at the end of a series of questions? How's your brother? Did you get the job? Are you feeling better? Etc.? Is this right, or do I use a ...
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How do I manage periods for abbreviations with parentheses, right before a period?

"In the case of medical diagnostics, there is a cost associated with each medical procedure that provides additional information (blood test, x-ray, etc.)." Should that end with "etc.).", "etc)." ...
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How to abbreviate “and other things”?

Which short phrase or abbreviation could I use here to mean and other things? The medulla oblongata controls respiration and cardiovascular rhythm ____. Etc. would not fit as it carries the ...
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Stock quantity of products — the most proper abbreviation

What is a commonly accepted abbreviation with regard to stock quantity of (countable) products? As in: "200 units" of sth, just shorter. I've come across the form "200 pc.", but as it's coming from ...
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What does “c'tee” mean?

I have been seeing the word c'tee frequently. Here are some examples: Sports minister sets up c’tee to find solution to football crisis ...
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Should I use `a SSTP` or `an SSTP`? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Do you use “a” or “an” before acronyms? First of all let me clarify that SSTP is an abbreviation of a technical term. I want to know, when using ...
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What is the correct abbreviation for the word “numbers”?

What is the correct abbreviation for the words numbers and number? Nos. No. Nos No Possible example usage: "Number of guests" where the word number is abbreviated "Numbers 10–15 are located in ...
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Ending sentences with “etc” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When “etc.” is at the end of a phrase, do you place a period after it? What is the proper way to end a sentence with "etc."? Should there be two periods or ...
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The use of “e.g.” at the end of a sentence

I was reviewing an English text as an exercise, English not being my mother tongue, and I came to this sentence: (...) with the two other articles that conclude several things about customers ...
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As “postscript” is one word, why do some abbreviate it as “p.s.”?

'Postscript' is a single word in modern English, and Dictionary.com states that it's even based on a single Latin word, postscrīptum. So, why do some abbreviate it to p.s. (or P.S.), as on this ...
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Is the proper phrasing “SMS” or “SMS Message”?

I know that "SMS" stands for "Short Messaging Service." But, The term SMS is used as a synonym for all types of short text messaging as well as the user activity itself in many parts of the ...
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Meaning of “pcm” [closed]

I'm trying to rent an apartment and the price is written as: £1,000 pcm. What does that mean?
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Abbreviation for “announcement”?

Is there a common abbreviation for "announcement"? If there is, what is it?
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How do you spell wifi / Wi-Fi / WiFi? [closed]

This is probably related to whether one should capitalize Internet or not. I am looking for the correct spelling of wifi when referring to a wireless connection to the Internet. I want to tell the ...
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What could “cert 4/52” mean in a clinical record? [closed]

What could "cert" mean in these clinical record extracts? Work stressful - cert 1/52. Sent him in to Homerton. Cert 4/52 from 12th March, bus driver.
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Is Wayne's World's (NOT) a modern invention?

Older users of this site may recall the 'Bill & Ted' 'Wayne's World' series of movies of the early 1990s. They were mindless but fairly amusing and their eponymous characters spoke in a unique ...