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I am already aware that for example BE and AE have different opinions on using periods in abbreviations. Today, I am interested in variations among English speaking countries (specifically: UK, USA, Australia, South Africa) that may perhaps go further: the „correct“ abbreviation for „versus“ (in legal context). I suppose that there are at least four possibilities: „v.“, „v“, „vs.“, and „vs“. Perhaps there are even more (e.g., I know that in German the symbol „./.“ would be common)? Is there a preference (possibly different for each of the countries in question)? By observation, I would assume that the answer is „v.“ for the USA and „v“ for the rest (whereas „vs.“ or „vs“ would only be used for things like sport events)

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    Does this answer your question? How should I abbreviate "versus"? See also v or vs for versus? Jun 5, 2022 at 13:35
  • No, v. is used in the States and in the UK. See: Jarndyce v Jarndyce in Dickens' Bleak House.
    – Lambie
    Jun 5, 2022 at 13:53
  • Dickens's 1853 Bleak House. There does seem to be divided usage, plenty of examples of both Jarndyce v. Jarndyce and Jarndyce v Jarndyce. Of course, this may not point towards what's actually happening in modern UK legalese, but just to the popularised usages. Jun 5, 2022 at 14:59

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