It means "if you couldn't be bothered to read the preceding material because it looked too long (and possibly boring), here is a summary for you". The meaning is quite close to 'executive summary'.
tl;dr is used to call out another user on the length of their post. However, in cases of more courteous exchanges and serious discussions, tl;dr can be self-...
People all over the Internet have asked the same thing—which, on the face of it, suggests that different forum posters (and perhaps, in some cases, the same people at different times) have used it to mean both things.
Does OP mean Original Post or Original Poster or both? (AnandTech, posted January 7, 2005)
Does OP mean the original post or ...
Lībra in Latin originally means ‘stone’, thence ‘pound weight’ (i.e., the little stone you put on scales to weigh things), thence ‘pound’ (the weight of one of those stones), and only from that was the meaning generalised to mean ‘weight’ in general. The phrase lībra pondō ‘a pound by weight’ was then used to refer unambiguously to the second meaning.
A string of letters doesn’t have to be in a dictionary to be a word, but, as it happens, there is an entry for legit in the Oxford English Dictionary, where it is given as both an adjective and a noun and defined as being a colloquial abbreviation of legitimate. The earliest citation is from 1897.
Whether and how you use it is up to you.
I use an apostrophe to indicate the place where letters have been omitted.
What'll I do (' = wi/sha)
I'd say (' = woul/shoul/coul)
How ya doin' (' = g)
Ya is an alternative form of 'you' (- regional or colloq. = you pron.(OED))
Since there are no letters missing in 'ya' there is no apostrophe.
X is commonly used to refer to cross because of its shape of two lines crossing.
Trans- means cross/across. Trans- and cross- are interchangeable in many cases.
From Wikipedia (emphasis mine):
In abbreviations, it can represent trans- (e.g. XMIT for 'transmit', XFER for 'transfer'), cross- (e.g. X-ing for 'crossing', XREF for 'cross-reference'), Christ- as ...
PhD (or Ph. D.) is a bit of a frozen expression or idiom. The expression doesn't abbreviate the English phrase "Doctor of Philosophy". If it did, then it would be something like "DP" or "DoP". Instead, PhD retains the structure of the medieval Latin Philosophiae Doctor, which dates from the 17th century.
As to why the Latin abbreviation for "Philosophiae" ...
It's slang for (and an abbreviation of) Original Gangster.
someone who has been around, old school gangster
Commonly used to refer to someone who is not a gangster, but is considered highly skilled in a particular area.
In the past, the abbreviation cf was used in texts. It's short for Latin confer, meaning 'compare'. You could still use it, but not everyone will understand it. Probably the best answer now is simply See.
Abbreviations and contractions of words follow many conventions, take for example the word continued I have seen it abbreviated/shortened/contracted or clipped in three ways.
Mathematics can be similarly contracted
Perhaps, originally, the written form with the apostrophe, math's, was more common in Great ...
This is used primarily for job postings from countries which use languages with different words for the masculine and feminine job titles (like English actor/actress, sculptor/scupltress, dominator/dominatrix, etc). Appending "m/f" or similar is a concise way to indicate that applicants of any gender are welcome. It may be a legal requirement in some of ...
It certainly wouldn't have been impossible for some alternate history version of English to have ended up with those abbreviations. However, we need to consider the things that lead to abbreviations happening at all.
The need for them has to be relatively common and they have to actually shorten significantly. If neither of those is true, nobody will bother ...
I have seen million, billion, and trillion abbreviated as M, B, and T respectively. However, I would not bet that that is a standard abbreviation.
$3.1M settlement in Daniel McCormack priest sex abuse case for Chicago Archdiocese
Lawyers: $9M settlement for boy's cerebral palsy - Washington Times
JPMorgan reaches record $13B settlement with DOJ
English writing often uses slashes to form two-letter abbreviations, plus the one-letter w/ – some examples, roughly in order of frequency:
I/O – “input/output”
w/ – “with”
c/o – “care of”
A/C – “air conditioning”
w/o – “without”
R/C – “remote control”
b/c – “because”
Like most abbreviations, these are less common in formal writing, although some of them (...
Probably the best way of shortening Look at is to use see.
See ELU Stack
See is idiomatic; look at is not generally used to direct people's attention to other resources in this way. Look at is used in speech ("Look at that!"), and it's interesting that see usually appears in writing.
[Note too that e.g. does not mean "example given"; it means exempli ...
The etymology of "versus" is pretty simple. It came from Latin and it was originally used in English in the law sense (as it's still used today: Roe v. Wade). Later on it started to be used more flexibly.
There are several abbreviations that have been used for versus: v., vs., and ver. Both vs. and v. (with and without the period) are mentioned in Oxford ...
The OE has an extensive entry on the -o suffix ($) which I excerpt here:
The shortening of a word immediately after a medial o , and in
particular where this occurs at the end of a prefix or combining form,
first appears in the late 17th cent. and early 18th centuries, e.g.
plenipo n., memo n., and hypo n.1 This probably established an
I worked in banking for 27 years (Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta and Bank of America), and my experience in financial services was that M and MM were consistently used for thousands and millions, respectively. This practice was across the board - exam reports, internal reporting, and so on. They never used K for thousands.
It would be bad form to mix K ...
Related to this question is the fact that another symbol was also originally derived from the word libra.
This is the symbol £, which is an ornate letter "L" (from libra), now used to denote the Pound sterling, more commonly referred to as the British pound (ISO code GBP).
Prior to 'decimalisation' in February 1971, British currency followed the structure ...
In 2010, linguist Neal Whitman wrote it's the Prime Time for "Imma" commenting on its use in pop lyrics.
In fact, this Imma (also spelled I'ma, I'mma, Ima, and I'm a) is not the contraction I'm followed by a, but a contraction of I'm gonna — which, of course, is a contraction of I'm going to, which is itself a contraction of I am going to. The ...
Is legit an actual word, or is it a slang word that has been shortened from legitimate?
Any "or" question can be broken down into two questions, so let's do that.
Is legit an actual word?
There are two common definitions for "actual"; it can mean "existing" or it can mean "genuine". So let's break that down into two ...
Both "w/" and "w/o" were common, very informal, U.S. abbreviations in correspondence, and in tight spots on data tables, until recently. "C/o" has always been used in addressing letters to third parties: "John Jones, c/o Smith family..."
The other "slash/shilling mark" abbreviations were so uncommon that they usually were not used because of lack of clarity....
The pronunciation of "distribution" is:
dis·tri·bu·tion — [dis-truh-byoo-shuhn] — /ˌdɪstrəˈbyuʃən/
"-stri" would typically be pronounced similar to the beginning of "street" or "stripe".
"-stro", on the other hand, would be pronounced similar to the beginning of "strobe" which isn't exactly the same but close enough in American English that ...
I'd go with expansion if I were forced to fill in the blank (although I'm more comfortable with expansion of than expansion for). You can expand an acronym.
However, it would be more usual to say:
What does ELL stand for?
ELL stands for English Language Learners.
Especially in non-technical contexts, stand for sounds more natural to my ear.
From the U.S. Library of Congress:
Illegible or unclear text:
Illegible text is anything you can’t read because a page is damaged, text is heavily crossed out or because you can’t tell what the author has written. If there is a word or a string of words you cannot read use a pair of square brackets around a question mark [?]. Example:
In English, both letters should be capitalized ("ID"). The lower case word "id" has a specific meaning that does not invoke the meaning "identifier," or "identification." In documentation it should be spelled out (ID abbreviates two different words, after all), or be in all caps.
However, programming languages are not exactly English. Styles vary widely. ...