Standard Abbreviations For Titles Immediately Before And After Proper Names
It’s a sign of respect to give someone a title; if the title is improperly written, all that respect appears to go out the window.
Mr. = Mister, Mrs. = Missus, Ms. = Miz, Messrs. = Misters
Sr. = Senior, Jr. = Junior
H.R.M. = Her/His Royal Majesty, H.R.H. = His/Her Royal Highness
Rev. = Reverend, Fr. = Father (priest), St. = Saint
P.M. = Prime Minister, Pres. = President
Dr. = Doctor, R.N. = Registered Nurse
Gen. = General, Cpl. = Corporal, P.F.C. = Private First Class
When using a title which requires a certain amount of education, remember that there’s no need to use both the title and the credentials.
This evening’s lecture will be given by Dr. J. J. Smith, M.D.
If one has an M.D. (Medicinae Doctor or Medical Degree), one is necessarily a doctor. If it’s not important to specify what kind of doctor he/she is, the credentials could be removed; if the reader doesn’t already know what kind of doctor he/she is, the title should be removed.
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