Questions tagged [abbreviations]

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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The Tinternet irresolution

Good time of the day. I had been wondering whether or not I can shorten "The Internet"; thus, I went online and stumbled upon the word Tinternet in the urban dictionary. Can you please tell me is it ...
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Net as an abbreviation for network?

I'm wondering if net is a suitable abbreviation for network. On the one hand, it sounds fine for me (maybe because I'm used to this terminology from the internet or similar). Apart from that, common ...
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Why is natural logarithm abbreviated to ln? [closed]

In mathematics, the natural logarithm operator is abbreviated as ln. There is no letter n in the word logarithm, so why do we abbreviate in this way?
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Would you add the plural “s” to the short form of an abbreviation on first reference?

When you want to give a group of words an abbreviation or short form so it doesn't have to be repeated in long form each time, and it is plural, how would it be abbreviated on first reference? Would ...
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When did the UK stop using full stops in abbreviations and acronyms?

I have noticed that in older (usually over 30 or 40 years old) British books and newspapers, abbreviations are without exception typeset with in full stops, as is still the practice in the United ...
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Meaning of Gr. in context?

What does "Gr." mean in the following sentences? Automatic hot water outlet (2÷3 Gr.) Electronic cup-warmer (2÷3 Gr.) The sentences are from the specifications of a coffee machine.
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Date version of

When referring to part of a book starting from one page but without a final page, it's common to see this referred to as (e.g.) "pg. 55 ff", as described here. Is there something similar for a year ...
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What is the plural for the abbreviation of the word “captain”?

I thought it would be Cpts., as in: "Captains Johansson and Riley were present" -> "Cpts. Johansson and Riley were present", but I cannot find anything definitive online. Additionally, I would have ...
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Initials of surnames with Saint (St.)

When writing the initials of a surname such as "St. John" (I will use the first name of Tom for an example), would those initials be written as 'TSJ' or 'TS' or 'TJ' or are all of these equally common?...
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What's the correct articulation for abbreviated words? [duplicate]

How to articulate abbreviated words when the original word articulation conflicts the pronunciation of the word? For example, I would say A Facebook campaign for Donald Trump But abbreviating ...
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Do I need to abbreviate plurals separately or can I just add an 's' at the end of original abbreviation?

I am writing an abstract for an article. I am using abbreviation Road Traffic Accident (RTA). In the further sentences I need to use plural of RTA that is Road Traffic Accidents (RTAs). My question ...
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Use of superscript 'x'(?) as an abbreviation for 'yards'

I'm currently working with some handwritten notes that look like they could be quite old, or at least written by somebody who grew up a little bit earlier than I did. I don't really know when they ...
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Dialogue and abbreviations [closed]

She asked, "Will you come sit at the VIP table with us?" In dialogue should it be V.I.P.? thanks
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What does V.C. mean here?

This is a quote from Franz Schubert's diary, translated from German to English. Today I composed for money for the first time. Namely, a cantata for the name day of Professor Watteroth, words by ...
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Is Lewis Carroll correct in his suggestion on some abbreviations?

The following is quoted from the preface to Sylvie and Bruno Concluded by Lewis Carroll: Other critics have objected to certain innovations in spelling, such as ‘ca’n’t’, ‘wo’n’t’, ‘traveler’. In ...
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What is the plural form of regex? [closed]

As the title says, what is the correct plural form of regex? To my knowledge, regex is an abbreviation for regular expression. I see that some sources suggest regexes and regexen are both correct. ...
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What's the short form for “as I told you before” in code review?

I'm working on a code review, I need leave a comment for the code. I'm trying to leave a comment the same as I left before it. I remember it might be "tilto" or something, but I forgot what exactly it ...
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Short phrase for “… for the first time in five years.”

When I did something for the first time in five (or ten, several, etc...) years, is there any phrase to describe the same situation shortly? Sometimes I feel "... for the first time in five years" ...
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Origin of 'cuz' as shortening for cousin?

Detailed answer please and thank you. I see this used a lot among youth. I'm interested to know whether it originated in the Southern US or not?
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What are the most common english words to start a sentence?

Backstory (You can skip): I am programming a word parser that will do things like detect acronymns and abbreviations, which will commonly have periods appended to them. The goal is to determine ...
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What is the abbreviation for 'who are'

My school homework asks for abbreviated versions of words, one of which is 'Who are' can this be abbreviated to 'Who're or would it be 'Whom'? Jessica, aged 8
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Latin expression/abbreviation meaning “similar to”

I recall seeing an expression with this same meaning in a linguistics paper. For instance: This adjective declines like an e-stem noun. (1)- [The abbreviation I am looking for] e-stem. This ...
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Why are place names in some old books a capital letter followed by dashes, and what is this phenomenon called?

This is something very odd I have noticed in some older books, most recently in "Crime and Punishment" by Dostoyevsky. Place names, when not specifically essential or well-known, are made up of one ...
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why do people say “I would do it” for “If I were you, I would do it” which actually indirectly means “I would like you to do it”

I came across this many times while I was conversing/texting mostly with native english speakers on something they want me to do and they would put the statement in a very polite way. For instance if ...
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Why is it “the UEFA board” not “the UEFA's board”?

As far as I know, the rule goes that 's is used to make possessive forms of abbreviations. But I've noticed some inconsistencies: ... as it was announced that the Uefa's Executive Committee had ...
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What does “MV” mean in soccer transfer context?

Please take a look at this screenshot: As I've highlighted, there are two column named "MV" and "Free" in the table. What are those two refer to? According to Wikipedia, MV stands for "Market Value"....
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Do I use an apostrophe if I'm referring to several medical IVs? [duplicate]

First sentence (with apostrophe): The IV's continued to drip as she thrashed on the bed. OR Second sentence (no apostrophe): The IVs continued to drip as she thrashed on the bed. Which one of ...
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ISO 4 abbreviation of “Journal of Computational Physics: X” [closed]

Is it "J. Comput. Phys. X" or "J. Comput. Phys.: X" (with the colon)? There is a punctuation section in the ISO 4 standard definition (see Section 4.6 here), but the document is paywalled and I don't ...
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Is it correct to abbreviate etc as &c?

I recently asked someone why they had several instances of "&c" in their writing, to which they told me that &c is another abbreviation for et cetera. I have since looked it up and understand ...
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What do the abbreviations L, NG, OT and Z on the lid of a cardboard drinking beaker mean? [closed]

On the plastic lid of a cardboard drinking beaker manufactured by Huhtamäki are the abbreviations L, NG, OT and Z, each with a little spherical knob next to it. What do the abbreviations mean, and ...
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latin abbreviation for “one and the same”?

I want to say "...as compared to paracetamol (i.e., Aspirin)" I think this is fine, but is there a latin abbreviation that literally means "one and the same"?
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Is there a “see also” parenthetical citation abbreviation?

I am citing a verse from the Bible and attempting to refer to similar-meaning verses in the same parenthetical citation. An example is as follows: “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the ...
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What's this “Jl. Sg.” appended to a name in the Social Register?

Screenshotted from the (fictitious) "1929 Social Register" in the opening sequence of the film Down to Their Last Yacht (1934). "Miss Linda Colt-Stratton" I get, but what's the "Jl. Sg." after her ...
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Punctuation of abbreviation followed by parenthesis

Best just to give you the example, rather than explain it. This has been a hard one to solve - harder than I thought it would be. Created by XYZ Ltd. (best company in the world). Is this correct? ...
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After I abbreviate do I need to use “the” before? [duplicate]

After I use an acronym or abbreviation should I continue using "the" in front of it? I'm assumption is no. Example: "...at the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) Headquarters in ...
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Why does XLAT mean 'translate'? [duplicate]

It is said that XLAT is an abbr of translate. But I don't understand how come it ends up like that? There is no site on internet would explain it but they're all agree that XLAT is shorten of ...
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O.K. abbreviation for "On Key' in telegraphy?

I have a background in amateur radio and the story was always told that O.K. stood for On Key, which is what telegraphists would send in Morse Code when they returned from a break. ie I am now On Key ...
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How to abbreviate “section” and “sections” in scientific writing

What are the correct abbreviation of words "section" and "sections" in a scientific writing? Sec. and Secs. or Sect. and Sects. ?
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What is the abbreviation on “ohkay”? [duplicate]

The abbreviation of the colloquial expression ohkay seems not to be o.k., but one of: OK Ok ok Maybe it is in itself an abbreviation of words that are only used in abbreviated form. ...
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What is the literal meaning (and the origin) of “v”?

“And that hashtag is wrong. It should always be v not vs. The ‘v’ never stood for versus, it stood for ‘vel’, meaning ‘or’. As in, ‘The gladiator or the lion is coming out of that arena alive.’” #...
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Apostrophe Use In Abbreviated Decade Which Is Also A Possessive

I always put apostrophes before abbreviated decades. Ex: The '60s. However, what if you want to abbreviate a decade that is also possessive of the word that comes after it? Ex: Classic dance genres ...
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“Such that” vs. “Subject to” [closed]

In the attached youtube video, at 13:12, the lecturer gives a footnote on the difference between Such that and Subject to when expanding the initials mathematical abbreviation S.T. in certain ...
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Punctuating an Initialized/Abbreviated Last Name

What is the proper method, in American English, to punctuate a name that's been abbreviated to an initial? I.e., "Dr. S," if the full last name was something like, say, "Syzlowski," or someone named, ...
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Say thank you to multiple professors and doctors

I come up with the following three options to say thank you, but am not satisfied with any of them. Option 1: I would like to thank the members of my PhD committee, Prof. A, Prof. B, Prof. C, ...
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What is the best abbreviation for supervisor in British English?

What is the best abbreviation for supervisor, if I were to write a letter to one in Britain? e.g. a supervisor who works in UK Visas and Immigration. If there is no such abbreviation, would saying ...
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Hyphenation in “first century AD” etc as an adjective

I edit a lot of articles that contain phrases such as "A first century AD inscription..." or "First century BC writer Herodotus..." I know that a compound adjective before a noun is usually hyphenated,...
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How to make an initialism out of a word/phrase with a number?

I have a question. How do I make an initialism out of a word/phrase with a number? For an example: Should Rainbow 6 Siege be R6S because of initialism is an abbreviation made of initial letters but 6 ...
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What does “d-d” mean? Possible 19th century profanity?

I have several quotes of late-19th-century speech (by British men) which use the abbreviation "d-d" for a word. I'm not sure what it means, but from the context I assume this is profanity of some sort....
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Understanding Latin abbreviations in Papers and the Such

Preface: I have begun reading over some of the documents from the Vatican II council to familiarise myself with the material for when I talk with people that I know that are catholic, and I am having ...
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When to use i.e. and e.g? [closed]

I have seen a lot in common use of the abbreviations i.e. and e.g. but I'm not pretty sure when and how to use these abbreviations.

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