Acronyms are commonly used with degrees, Latin words, lengthy chemical names, people’s initials, and states or provinces.
Philosophiae Doctor (Doctorate of Philosophy) = PhD
Bachelor of Arts = BA, Bachelor of Science = BSc
Lysergic acid diethylamide = LSD
Ante meridiem = a.m. Post meridiem = p.m. Exempli gratia = e.g., Id est = i.e.
John F. Kennedy = J.F.K., Lyndon B. Johnson = L.B.J.
E.B. White, M.K. Fisher. e.e. cummings
North Carolina = NC, California = CA, Ontario = ON
Abbreviations are commonly used with people’s titles, days and months, places such as streets, units of measurement, and lengthy words. Some Latin terms are also abbreviated.
Mister = Mr., Missus = Mrs., Doctor = Dr.
Senior = Sr., Junior = Jr.
Sunday = Sun, Monday = Mon., Tuesday = Tues.
September = Sept., October = Oct., November = Nov.
Road = Rd., Street = St., Avenue = Ave.
Milligram = mg., kilometre = km
Feet = ft, Inch = in,
Pound = lb (an abbreviation of libra),
Corporation = Corp., Incorporated = Inc.
Example = ex.
While it’s no longer a popular practice, common men’s names used to be abbreviated. This may still be seen in British English.
William = Wm., Thomas = Thos., Charles = Chas.
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