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What you have found is a typical case where a 'limit' case is reached. There is now a preoccupation with shortening. The reason is not always clear. The use of initials of company and other names, especially those that are well known, is understandable. It has now become common, however, to save the effort of writing out phrases in full, for the sole ...


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As a matter of style, you can write yourself out of this situation by introducing the short form on the first non-plural occurrence of the full name: The local bread companies are working together to sell more products . . . A local bread company (LBC) has the option to sell its products in another state. . . The LBC on the corner . . . Or you can ...


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As Michael Harvey says, this is a trend, and indeed the American Heritage Abbreviations Dictionary says so: Abbreviations vary widely in their style of punctuations, ... Following the contemporary trend toward less frequent use of periods, entries in The American Heritage Abbreviations Dictionary, Second Edition, are generally shown without periods, ...


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