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in writing, arbitrary shortening of a word, usually by cutting off letters from the end, as in U.S. and Gen. (General). Contraction serves the same purpose but is understood strictly to be the shortening of a word by cutting out letters in the middle, the omission sometimes being indicated by an apostrophe, as in the word don't. Most abbreviations are followed by a period. Usage, however, differs widely, and recently omission of periods has become common, as in NATO and UN. Acronyms are combinations of the first letters/syllables in a group of words to form a new grouping of letters that can be pronounced as a word. A period is never used when apostrophes appear. A list of abbreviationsused in this encyclopedia may be found in the prefatory matter.
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It would be nice if abbreviations for Hemingway's published works could be a little more standard and a lot less--uh--Emersonian.
The symbols and abbreviations used in primary NAPLAN numeracy tests (ACARA, 2010), can be categorised into five different groups:
And the abbreviations PFO [pissed, fell over] and PGT [pissed, got thumped] are perfect descriptive terms for what happened.
If the abbreviations ate just tricks to get straight people to accidentally support us because they get confused, I don't need that kind of support.
I think it would be better if any abbreviations used were referred to in full at least once and I've asked officers to make sure that papers can be understood by everyone, not just the writer.
CPAs (no apostrophe) is the plural form of the noun abbreviation, as in Smith and Jones CPAs (not Smith and Jones CPA's)
This prohibition against "graven images," is also included in the Jewish Second Commandment, but it is not found at all in standard Catholic abbreviations of the Decalogue.
As an example, if you have set it to ensure that you have double spacing between sentences and use abbreviations such as "Ms.
Victorian writers already used abbreviations typical of textspeak, according to a forthcoming exhibition at the British Library.
The abbreviation AG stands for Aktiengesellschaft, meaning 'public company'.
A year after the death of the 9 month old, the Joint Commission issued a "do not use" abbreviation list and mandated institutions to develop a standardized list of abbreviations, acronyms, and symbols not to be used.
Would I be regarded as being cynical in suggesting that the "insiders" real name for this entity was "Peter's Private Fund", which, of course, has the abbreviation PPF and that the publicised version, Progressive Policy Forum, was only chosen to match and disguise the abbreviation?

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