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Forming Abbreviations.  Les Hanson 2002. Abbreviations and Acronyms. Common acronyms and agencies that are referred to by their initials use all capitals and no periods VCR IBM RCMP UNICEF NATO Write out potentially-unclear acronyms the first time you use them

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Forming abbreviations

Forming Abbreviations

 Les Hanson 2002


Abbreviations and acronyms
Abbreviations and Acronyms

  • Common acronyms and agencies that are referred to by their initials use all capitals and no periods

    • VCR IBM RCMP UNICEF NATO

  • Write out potentially-unclear acronyms the first time you use them

    • The Computer Accounting Technician program (CAT)…


Addresses
Addresses

  • Use these abbreviations only in addresses or as part of a formal name

    • St. Ave. Cres. Blvd. Rd.

    • Ltd. Co. Inc.

  • Most postal abbreviations are now two capital letters without periods

    • BC AB SK MB ON PQ NB NS PE NL YT NT NU


Dates
Dates

  • Write out names of days and months

    • Monday, Friday, May, December

  • Use these abbreviations only with specific dates and times

    • B.C. or B.C.E. (Before Common Era)

    • A.D. or C.E. A.M. P.M. or a.m. p.m.

    • CST PST GMT MT


Personal titles
Personal Titles

  • Abbreviate titles used with names

    • Mr. Mrs. Ms. Dr. Prof. Rev. Fr. (before the name)

    • Sr. Jr. M.A. Ph.D. C.P.A. (after the name)


Latin abbreviations
Latin Abbreviations

  • Use Latin abbreviations sparing


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