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punctuated abbreviations // was english spelling reform

From:Adrian Morgan <morg0072@...>
Date:Thursday, October 17, 2002, 23:45
John Cowan wrote:

> Except to the (linguistically) conservative lot in North America, who > put periods at the end of all abbreviations, period. (And if "period" > was good enough for Cicero, it's good enough for us -- "full stop", indeed; > sounds like a football position!) None of this business of writing > "Mr" instead of "Mr.".
I know that in my parents' generation people were still taught to put dots after abbreviations such as "Mr" - Mum still does it, for one - but it's certainly no longer fashionable. The question of which abbreviations still get dots after them is subject to some individual variation, but as Tristan says, by and large "Mr" does not while "No." does. I can remember being marked wrong in a junior class at school (probably third grade or something) for using "No." in a poem. We had not been taught, at the time, that such abbreviations are out of place in poetry, so that's an example of the common educational tactic of waiting until children make a mistake before telling them that it is a mistake! Adrian.


Nik Taylor <yonjuuni@...>