Abbreviations in Writing
An abbreviation is a shortened version of a written word or phrase used to replace the original.
Full Stops (Periods) in AbbreviationsAbbreviations can be written with or without full stops (periods). For example:
For neatness, you should try to be consistent throughout your document.
BUPA is consistently written by BUPA without full stops (periods). Therefore, you should write BUPA and not B.U.P.A. (This trumps your striving to be consistent.)
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Full Stops (Periods) in ContractionsContractions like Dr. and Prof. are often followed by full stops (periods). This is a ruling in America. Outside America, the guideline is to use a full stop (period) only if the last letter of the contraction is different from the last letter of the whole word. For example:
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Full stops (periods) in contractions
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What are acronyms?
What are contractions?
IT'S NOT AN ACRONYM. IT'S AN ABBREVIATION!
BBC and CNN are not acronyms. They are not spoken like words. Lots of people use the word acronym when they mean abbreviation.
The golden rule:
When writing abbreviations, choose a convention you like and be consistent throughout your document.
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