"Latin" abbreviations


I often receive the message from Grammarly "incorrect usage of Latin abbreviations". today this is come up with my using Mr without a full stop/period after it. Now Mr is the abbreviation for Mister the usage of which was first noted in the 16th century; Mister is hardly a Latin word.


In addition, I was always taught that if the abbreviation ends with the same letter as the full word you don't need a full stop/period.  For example, Dr is a correct abbreviation for doctor but Prof. is the correct abbreviation for professor. Why doesn't Grammarly allow me to put Mr, Dr, etc. into my Grammarly dictionary so I don't get all these messages?


I am not going to change my approach to abbreviations, and Grammarly would help me a lot more if it allowed some flexibility in this area.  It would also be better if Grammarly could distinguish better between Mr – which is not an "incorrect usage of Latin abbreviations" since Mister is not Latin and e.g. which actually is a Latin abbreviation.

abbreviations Latin asked Apr 27 '14 at 01:20 Leon Le Leu New member

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I agree, Leon. The abbreviation of Mister is certainly not Latin. In the US, we do put a period after Dr. and Mr. There are no employees here on this community forum. I don't know why it doesn't let you add these to the dictionary. It is my understanding that Grammarly is working on correcting some of these errors in the program. I'm told that it would be helpful if you would report the problem. The email address is support@grammarly.com.

link comment answered Apr 27 '14 at 02:23 Patty T Grammarly Fellow

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