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

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Is there a name to differentiate abbreviations that come before or after the word it refers to or relates to?

Is there a name to differentiate abbreviations that come before or after the word it refers to or relates to? For example: St. Michael's Church (In this situation St. always comes before St. ____ ) ...
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Why *is* abbreviation such a long word?

No, seriously. I can't think of a single abbreviation that's longer than the actual word. Why isn't "abbreviation" nice and short like the word "terse"?
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Do we use a comma before 'i.e'?

In another answer I read, in two examples, the comma was used once and wasn't used the other time. Is it a personal choice or do we have to follow a fixed rule?
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Abbreviation for “Master?”

I know that Mr. is short for Mister and Ms. is short for Miss. Is there any comparable way to abbreviate "Master" that is distinguishable from Mister? Or would it just be Mr. again?
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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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How do you write “and” in short form?

How do you write "and" in short form like w/o as in "without"?? It's not "&" but some other form. I used to write it but I forgot since I dont live in the US. Please help me remind it. Thanks
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What can I call the abbreviated name?

If my name is Mohamed Ali Ahmed Elshennawy. And I want to abbreviate it to Mohamed Elshennawy. What should I call this new abbreviated name (for instance nickname, surname,.. Etc), to use it in the ...
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What is the correct way to use small caps when writing an abbreviated academic degree after a name?

What is the correct way (if any) to use small caps when writing an abbreviated academic degree after a name? I think it looks a bit awkward to put the title in upper-case only, but maybe that is the ...
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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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How to abbreviate in an essay the title of a work that consists of a name and a surname?

I am writing an essay on the short story "Harrison Bergeron." How should I abbreviate the title if I don't want to write out the whole name? Would it simply be "Bergeron" or Harrison?"
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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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Can you name a project “she's”? [closed]

One of my friends photography project is named "she's". I personally believe the name is wrong and that it sounds better and looks better if he uses "she is". Is it grammatically correct to use ...
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The use of “Nos.” for multiple objects

I noticed a string on a similar question that is now closed; I would like your input on a specific problem that has puzzled me. At my publishing company, people are fond of writing, e.g., "Law Nos. ...
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Why is “number” abbreviated as “No.”? [duplicate]

The spelling of number is number, but the abbreviation is No (№). There is no letter o in number, so where does this spelling come from?
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Abbreviation for “no size” (clothing)

In Spanish, when you buy some types of complementary articles of clothing you say that article has no size (sin talla). This can be shortened as "s/t"; a well-known abbreviation in Spanish (at least ...
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When should 'viz.' be followed by a comma?

Some Latin abbreviations as 'i.e.' and 'e.g.' are always followed by a comma. For the Latin abbreviation 'viz.', sometimes it is followed by a comma, sometimes it is not. What is the rule for ...
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When is it appropriate to use the abbreviated “ea.” in place of “each”?

I'm working with a designer who prefers "ea." in an advertisement for what each winner on a team will win in a contest. She displays the text as “First Place Team: $200 ea.” I think it looks awkward, ...
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Is “stepstone” a valid word? [closed]

Is "stepstone" a valid abbreviation of "stepping stone"? Is this a good way to form abbreviations in English? Research done Searched some online dicts but they don't have the word "stepstone": ...
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Term for the second letter in Sx, Dx, Rx?

In abbreviations such as Dx (diagnosis), Sx (symptom), and Rx (prescription), is there a specific term for the second letter in the abbreviation? I have tried to google this but end up with results ...
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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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What kind of abbreviations are “Bee Gees”, “Eminem”, etc? [duplicate]

The "Bee Gees" is actually a stylised expansion of the initials BGs, which in turn refers to initials of Barry Gibb, DJ Bill Gates and Bill Goode (or simply means Brothers Gibb). "Eminem" comes from ...
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What does “O.G.” stand for?

Currently reading "Slang for the ages. It's swag. bae," by Kory Stamper from International New York Times (October 6, 2014), I came across this acronym O.G. "It[swag]'s generally taken to be a ...
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Is it formal or informal to use y/o as an abbreviation of “years old”? [closed]

This is my first question on this site. I am not a native speaker. My question is, is it formal or informal to use y/o as an abbreviation of "years old" in British English?
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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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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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Which one is correct: “1yr” or “1yr.” or “1 yr”?

I need to put one of the above on one of my app's buttons. Bonus question - does the same rule hold in plural? That is if I write "1 yr.", do I write "15 yrs." as well?
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How to write OS in plural? [duplicate]

How can I write OS (abbreviation of operating system) in plural? Is it something like OSs or OS's?
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Abbreviation similar to i.e. and e.g. for “abstract principle illustrated by the previous”?

Pointing out the abstract principle based on an example is very common usage. Suppose we have these to work with: Elephant < Mammal < Organism Elephant is an example (subset) of Mammal. ...
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Number Abbreviated as “No.” followed by a Colon

As I understand it, the preferred abbreviation for Number is "No." If we want to then follow that abbreviation with a colon, like in a form for instance, what does style dictate we do? Is it: ...
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Difference between an acronym and abbreviation?

TLA is an acronym for "Three Letter Acronym". Is it also an abbreviation, since it abbreviates the original phrase?
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Is calling Alexander Alex considered impolite? [closed]

If someone's name is Alexander or Douglas, is it considered appropriate to call them Alex or Doug? Thanks.
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What are the patterns/rules for determining U.S. state abbreviations? [closed]

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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Is 'a.k.a.' an acceptable abbreviation to use in academic writing?

Is it sometimes (or ever) acceptable to use in academic writing the abbreviation 'a.k.a.' ('also known as')?
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“cf. with” vs “cf.”?

The abbreviation cf. according to Wikipedia should be read as compare. Which, therefore, of the following would be a more correct statement: 1) The properties of the electric field are given below ...
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Punctuation with US measurements

Should a period be used with a measurement that is a compound term, e.g., ft-lb?
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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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Abbreviation: single words in plural

In my specific case I want to abbreviate the word section. I abbreviate the singular case to sec. and hope that's correct. I have no idea, however, how to abbreviate sections. Is it secs? Is it ...
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How to choose an abbreviation for a given word?

I was trying to find a proper abbreviation for the word dictionary. Dict. or Dic. or something else? Obviousely there won't be a short form for each English word. But if there does exist one, how ...
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When to spell out or when the acronym itself is sufficient

When using an acronym for the first time, it must be spelled out. That's a given. However, if there is a "Definition" section where ALL acronyms that are going to be used in the document are defined ...
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Is St. always the abbreviation for 'saint'?

A schoolmaster I had in the 1950s, who taught Latin together with Religious Instruction and was himself an ordained priest of Anglo-Catholic persuasion, would always insist on writing the abbreviation ...
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Abbreviation of “Street”

I know that Street is abbreviated as St. But does the t in St represent the first t or the last t in Street? Drive is abbreviated as Dr, which means it could be the first t, but Road is abbreviated ...
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Usage of the abbreviation resp. in scientific writing

Is it a good practice to use the abbreviation resp. for respectively in scientific writing ? Let consider the following sentence as example. "The word size (resp., word length) is defined as the ...
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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 ...
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Why use BCE/CE instead of BC/AD?

When I was a kid, I was always taught to refer to years using BC (Before Christ) and AD (Anno Domini / year of our Lord). However, I somewhat regularly hear people referring to years as in the CE ...
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the USA vs the US

I am writing an essay where I need to make a reference to the United States of America. Often I hear this shortened to the US, but sometimes people also say the USA. Are there any difference between ...
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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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What is a word similar to FYI but not objective/neutral

FYI can be used in an email to inform the person reading the email about some information. It is comfortable using this between peers. But what if the mail is intended to inform someone higher in the ...
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proper way to write the slang term for “gravitational force”

I came across something very similar to this in a thriller novel: At this stage, the rocket is experiencing its maximum acceleration, say about ten gees. Here, the author has spelled out the ...
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In the Definition of Terms section of an academic paper, should one list abbreviations after the term . .

In the Definition of Terms section of an academic paper, should one list abbreviations after the term, regardless of whether or not the abbreviation is used elsewhere in the paper? The paper in my ...
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Should “ya” have an apostrophe? “Doin”? Etc

"How ya doin?" v. "How ya' doin'?" and so on. There's... a debate.