I have two terms that need abbreviation (to 3 or 4 letters). They are from the field of Data Warehouse (Information technologies)


One can abbreviate the first one as "dim". Some suggested the second one be abbreviated as "mea", but somehow I find this abbreviation ugly. Is there a better alternative?

Would "meas" be better? Or is it even worse?

Or "msr"? (dropping the vowels)

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  • Some context would help. Can you provide and example of how these terms are to be used? – Canis Lupus Jun 29 '17 at 17:19
  • I want to use the abbreviations as prefixes for concepts built on top of them. E.g. I may have "dimColumn", "meaColumn", "meaFormula", "meaAdditionalAggFromFormula", "meaAdditionalAggFromColumn". Would "msrColumn" be better than "meaColumn"? – leeyuiwah Jun 29 '17 at 17:23
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    According to AcronymFinder, mea and meas are both commonly used. 'meaAdditionalAggFromFormula' etc are hardly standard English usages and should be discussed on an appropriate computing site. – Edwin Ashworth Jun 29 '17 at 18:44
  • Thanks! I guess the question in my mind really is this. Would "msr" (i.e. by dropping the vowels) a better way to abbreviate the word "measure" than "mea"? (The latter is done by truncation and keep only the first syllable). I am trying to think about this as in general English usage, although my immediate application, in this particular case, is to be used in a computing setting. Maybe I can throw another example here: if I need to abbreviate the word "subscriber", would "sub" (which is often misunderstood as the opposite of "super") or "sbscrbr" a better abbrev? – leeyuiwah Jun 29 '17 at 18:54
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    I wouldn't use mea, because it immediately brings to mind "mea culpa", which is not a message you want to convey. I'd use meas. msr is very close to the abbreviation of Monsignor, a form of address for a distinguished Catholic priest (Msgr). As far as I know, meas won't be confused with something else. – ab2 Jun 29 '17 at 20:19

I would advise consulting the Online List of the most common abbreviations used in the OED

Meas.    measure

Hard to go wrong using an abbreviation from that list.

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