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An abbreviation is a shortened form of a word, or phrase, typically created by taking initial letters for example OEM for Original Equipment Manufacturer or shortening the word, for example 'Tues' for Tuesday.

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What's the meaning of "QTY"? [closed]

I found the abbreviation "QTY" in an assay (not essay!😊). Can you tell me the meaning of this abbreviation? How can I paraphrase/explain it into ordinary words?
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Where does "off'n" come from?

The preposition "off'n" is seen/heard in Southern and other dialects of American English. He drank so much he fell off'n the bar stool. There's nothing about it in Etymonline, and Merriam-...
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What is the full form of the word " Special Ops" ? I am asking this question in military context [closed]

I have googled this question. But I just wanted to get a human answer to it. What is the full form of the word "Special Ops" ? I looked this in dictionary. But the dictionary did not ...
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"Do" in a 1932 text: acronym, or what?

Dorothy L. Sayers, Gaudy Night, XII, p. 285: March 7 – abusive letter by post to Miss de Vine,' `March 11, do, to Miss Hillyard and Miss Layton (…) Any idea about that “do” in the second entry? No ...
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Why is "transaction" shortened as "xact"? [duplicate]

I came upon the shortcut xact standing for transaction in Postgres database: The word transaction is often abbreviated as xact. Then I found that this is probably not Postgres-specific, and it is ...
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What was the meaning of oʳ (o with superscript r) in 17th century?

What was the meaning of or in Isaac Newton's time? I am reading "Newton and the Counterfeiter" by Thomas Levenson. It contains quotes from Newton's lesser known alchemical notes. An example ...
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What are the plural equivalents of Messrs for Ms, Miss & Mrs? [duplicate]

Mr. smith and Mr. Jones can be expressed as Messrs. Smith and Jones. How can Ms. Smith and Ms. Jones, or Miss Smith and Miss Jones, or Mrs. Smith and Mrs. Jones respectively be so consolidated?
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"2+ Million" or "2 Million+"?

When using a plus sign for brevity in a phrase like "over two million", where should the plus sign go? 2+ Million 2 Million+ The same concept would happen with thousand, billion, etc.
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Abbreviation for "read as", often used for spelling out euphemisms

A long time ago, I had a teacher who said you could write "lit." to mean "read this as". The typical example is to provide a tongue-in-cheek translation from English to English, ...
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is it correct to say "as per your comfort" or "at your comfort" [closed]

I find saying/writing, "As per your convenience" And "At your convenience" too lengthy, cumbersome, etc. Therefore, is it correct to say "as per your comfort" or "at ...
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Is there a name for such political abbreviations as "libfem" for liberal feminism and "ancap" for anarcho-capitalism? [closed]

In the last ten years or so, I've seen these strange abbreviations all over the Internet. Besides the ones in the above title, I've seen these examples: "tradcath", "nazbol", "...
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Why represent percentages with "pc" rather than "%"?

I've seen more and more well respected publications expressing percentages using the abbreviation "pc". E.g. Telegraph: How else to explain the decision to award a board seat to the boss of ...
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What is the opposite of et seq.?

What Latin-derived abbreviation could be used in place of "and the previous ones" or "and the predecessors" i.e., the opposite of et seq.? I can't start from the other end and use ...
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hereinafter or abbreviate [closed]

In my document if I mention the first time "File 1234 (in the Official Records hereinafter)", then after that in the same document if I say "File 5678", will that mean that "...
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What is the origin of shorthand for "with" -> "w/"?

In many places, I've seen "w/" written instead of "with". At least, I think that one replaces the other. I couldn't find anywhere what is the origin of "w/". Is this ...
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Why are "i.e." and "e.g." written in lower case with periods, while "NB" is typically written in CAPS with no periods?

According to my armchair research on common abbreviations of nota bene, it appears that NB is the most common now, with N.B. being more common in centuries past after taking over the "original&...
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What's the correct way to write our names? [closed]

Most people who live in my locality write their names with initials at the end. Usually these initials are abbreviations of long family names, like Joseph Alex TP, where TP stands for ...
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Which indefinite article are we supposed to use before a known abbreviated noun starting with "H"? [duplicate]

I'm asking this because I couldn't find any answer on whether I should use "a" or "an" before an abbreviated word starting with "H" like "H.B.H", People seem to ...
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Why a slash in with abbreviation instead of a dot? [duplicate]

I see some people abbreviate "with" as "w/". Why? It bugs me to see a slash in an abbreviation when it does not mean "or". Any reason or rule? Are there other examples?
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How to Un-Abbreviate " Y'all's"

I shared an article in a group chat of my friends and wanted to ask for their opinions. "Curious to hear y'all's thoughts?" But I wanted to sound proper and smart. If "y'all" means ...
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How to put possessive 's after a full company name

I need advise on how we correctly use the possessive 's (i.e. apostrophe + s) after a full company name with abbreviation. E.g., will "Company Name ltd." become "Company Name ltd.'s&...
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Is nr. a correct abbreviation for the word number?

I'm a native German speaker. My daughter is learning (British) English in school. She wrote her first English test and got it back from the teacher now. I'm surprised the title of the test was class ...
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Should a comma appear inside the quotations in these instances?

Here are the sentences: "You have to get up before 8:00 a.m." John said. "We talked about everything--books, cars, girls, movies, etc." John said. The question is whether a comma ...
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Is "aka" used in some instances to mean "meaning" more than "also known as"?

I am a native English speaker, and I recently realized that I use "aka" in sentences where substituting "also known as" wouldn't make complete sense. For example, I might say or ...
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How would you abbreviate weekday schedules like "M-F" to less than 3 letters per day if the days contain Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and/or Sunday? [closed]

In some apps, there is a character limit, so instead of abbreviating something like "Tue-Thu" or "Sat-Sun", a few characters can matter, so I was wondering what the best way to ...
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Abbreviate "Windows 7 and higher versions" [closed]

In my software, I need to add a label to express "Windows 7 and higher versions". Due to the limited space, I want to abbreviate the text, meanwhile make sure the text looks official for a ...
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To notate a weekday schedule like "M-F" or "M~F", what is more commonly used, a hyphen "-" or tilde "~"?

I ask this under the assumption that "M-F" and "M~F" are the most commonly preferred notations for abbreviation weekday schedules if using 3-letter abbreviations like "Mon&...
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How to differentiate the short form of "would" and "had"? [closed]

How do you differentiate: I'd always longed to see... = I would always longed to see... VS I'd always longed to see.. = I had always longed to see..
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Is there a method to abbreviate words down to 4 letters? [closed]

Not sure if this is the right place to ask, but this is what I’m trying to do. I want to find words that are understandable in a compressed form (4 letters at the most). For example, Equity can be ...
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Is there an abbreviation for "Professors" plural, in a greeting at the top of a formal letter?

I am writing a letter to two professors. Normally I abbreviate "Professor" to "Prof." in the greeting. Is there a way to do that when I need the plural? Or do I have to write ...
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What is it called when a word is abbreviated from the middle? (Ex: fridge from reFRIGErator)

Fridge, the middle part of the word refrigerator (ok, with an extra letter...), is often used as an abbreviation (mainly in British English). Is there a name for such words where we use an abbreviated ...
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Abbreviation for Estimating a time something happened in a timeline list

So I have a timeline list. Certain things happened at a known time but other times are estimates. In my example below, the first item is a known time. The second and third items are estimated times ...
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a LAN vs an LAN [duplicate]

LAN is the abbreviation for local area network. According to dictionaries, it has two variants of the pronunciation: [læn] and [ˌeleɪˈen]. Does it mean we can write both "a LAN" and "an ...
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Is it "a SW" or "an SW"? [duplicate]

First of all: I am aware of the rule for "a" vs. "an" be it a noun or an abbreviation following (see When should I use "a" vs "an"?). So following this rule the ...
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Preferred abbreviations of 'versus' according to Anglophone country? [duplicate]

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, ...
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Can an abbreviation of a verb be classified as a nominalisation?

For example, in the abbreviation for the fictional organisation "SCP Foundation", "SCP" is short for "Secure, Contain, Protect." Would this classify the term "SCP&...
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National tragedy date shorthand (a la 9/11)

Has anyone coined a term for the post-2001 trend of shortening infamous events to the event's dates? For example, here in the U.S. we have 9/11 and more recently, January 6th. In the UK they have 7/7, ...
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Is it proper to write a full first name followed by an initial of the last name? [closed]

For example, if my name was John Smith, can I write it as “John S.”? Also, if I want to start with the initial of the last name, how would I write it? Is it “S. John”? I’m asking because I’m having my ...
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2-letter abbreviation for the name Montgomery

Background: I'm implementing elliptic curve cryptography in a hobbyist project of mine. And two kinds of the curves I'm about implement are Edwards curve and Montgomery curve (this and this). For the ...
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Simple Abbreviation Confusion

You know that a lot of words can be abbreviated like: You know -> y'know About -> 'bout Going to -> gonna and much more To be honest, I found one interesting abbreviation: Of course ->...
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Is the abbreviation “Id” acceptable in an essay?

If I need to write “Apple Id”, in an essay, should I write “Apple Identification”? “Id” is an abbreviation for “identification” so would it be proper to write “Apple Identification” instead?
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Proper Grammar of Degree Abbreviations

I have seen plenty of abbreviation options to write Postgraduate Diploma. Just to mention the easiest finding on the web: "A postgraduate diploma (PgD, PgDip, PGDip, PG Dip., PGD, Dipl. PG, PDE) ...
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Abbreviation for 'further information can be found'

I am looking for the formal abbreviation for something like "the further information can be found", e.g.: "lorem ipsum (the further information can be found in table 2.4)". My ...
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What's the difference between two capitalization styles related to acronym? [duplicate]

I know NAT is the abbreviation of "Network address translation", but there is another style of this phrase, "Network Address Translation", which capitalize the first letter of each ...
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Weird word that I and my cousins used to say when young?

When I was young, my cousins and I used to use the word: "Hon" (at least that's how I would write it) to get validation from another person that something occurred. Example: Hon Alex that ...
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Abbreviation for Ton

I went to wikipedia looking for the symbol/abbreviation for ton. t would be ambiguous since there is both a short ton and a long ton, which mean two different weights. I cannot find a standard ...
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Apostrophe after Acronym that ends in "S" [duplicate]

What are the rules for using apostrophes after an acronym that ends in the letter "S"? For instance, if I have a pretend product called Fast Ice Cream System, or FICS, which delivers ice ...
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Whether to use "the" before abbreviations such as HTTP

... This setting determines whether HTTP and FTP URIs should be turned into relative ones if a file is stored using the HTTP or the FTP. HTTP stands for hypertext transfer protocol, and FTP stands ...
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Using abbreviations in 15th Century English

I am writing a story set in the 15th Century. I appreciate that most stories etc were written at the time in either Latin or French but, for obvious reasons, I have to write it in English. It is ...
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Spacing in name abbreviations [duplicate]

Should the boy's name C.J. be abbreviated this way, as C. J. with a space, or as CJ without periods or spaces? I'm sure this is somewhere in the Chicago Manual of Style, but don't see it mentioned ...
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