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I checked the two most influential (in the sense of "widely used by publishers") U.S. style guides— The Associated Press Stylebook (2002) and The Chicago Manual of Style (2003)—to see how they come out on this question. The bad news for you (since you don't like the idea of including a period) is that both of them prefer including a period in abbreviations ...


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Units of Weight and Measure, International (Metric) and U.S. Customary, National Bureau of Standards Miscellaneous Publication 286, May 1967, page 10, says, "No period is used with symbols for units." The table of units that follows on that same page includes symbols for both SI (metric) and U.S. customary units without trailing periods, making it clear ...


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Consider the following sentences: "OK, we're all going to the store today," mom informed us. "OK: we're all going to the store today," mom informed us. "OK. We're all going to the store today," mom informed us. "OK; we're all going to the store today," mom informed us. "OK--we're all going to the store today," mom informed us. "OK! We're all going to ...



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