Such as M.d., RN, LSW....

I'm looking for the word that fills the blank in following sentence:

It is as if living with her for as long as he did merits the addition of a ________ to his signatory.

  • ego-enhancers
    – pazzo
    Commented Dec 15, 2014 at 17:28
  • I'd refer to it as "an AAB"—an Abbreviated Advanced Degree.
    – Sven Yargs
    Commented Dec 18, 2014 at 4:48

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The term is post-nominal letters. It is also referred to as post-nominal abbreviations, or post-nominal titles. In your sentence, I would probably use post-nominal title.

  • +1 I have also heard post-nominal initials.
    – choster
    Commented Dec 15, 2014 at 15:23

You could use the term credentials in your sentence.

It is as if living with her for as long as he did merits the addition of credentials to his signatory.

The Free Dictionary defines credentials as:

Evidence or testimonials concerning one's right to credit, confidence, or authority

A letter or certificate giving evidence of the bearer's identity or competence

Anything that provides the basis for confidence, belief, etc., or for extending credit


"academic letters" sounds better than "post nominal" for reasons of redundancy and pretentiousness.

  • They are not always academic, however; neither LSW nor RN indicates any particular diploma. There are numerous designations for professional and vocational certifications, licensures, registrations, and memberships, as well as military and religious affiliations, orders, and decorations.
    – choster
    Commented Dec 15, 2014 at 22:37
  • @choster Known as "credentials." :)
    – JLG
    Commented Dec 15, 2014 at 23:09
  • @JLG There are no credentials in Rev. Msgr. John R. Doe, S.J. or Cdr. Janet A. Doe, USN.
    – choster
    Commented Dec 16, 2014 at 0:14
  • I beg to differ. Those are all credentials. See these articles: ansjournalblog.com/2011/06/29/… communications.med.nyu.edu/advertising-branding/… careersdonewrite.com/blog/…
    – JLG
    Commented Dec 16, 2014 at 3:10

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