#EngTrivia: Periods in Abbreviations

Hello, fellas!

Let’s talk about… Abbreviations! Can you give some examples of abbreviations?

Yep! There are a lot of abbreviations that we often use, such as Mr., Mrs., USA, UK, etc.

I’ve been receiving a lot of questions asking “Is it Mr. or Mr? Is a period needed?” “Is it U.S. or US?”. Are you questioning it too, fellas?

Tonight we’re going to talk about periods in abbreviations! I hope it could be useful for a lot of you :) #EngTrivia

The use of periods in abbreviations is slightly different in American and British English. #EngTrivia
When you’re using initial letters to represent words (such as UK, NATO, BBC), you don’t need to put a period after them. This rule applies in both American and British English. #EngTrivia

However, in American English, periods are also used as an alternative style in certain abbreviations (i.e. USA or U.S.A., US or U.S.) #EngTrivia

In American English, if an abbreviation consists of the first and last letters of a word, it’s necessary to put a period at the end. #EngTrivia

For example, Dr.(from Doctor, D and R) Mr. (from Mister, M and R). #EngTrivia

In British English, if an abbreviation consists of the first and last letters of a word, it’s not necessary to put a period at the end. #EngTrivia

So in British English the abbreviation of Mister is written as Mr, Doctor as Dr, etc. #EngTrivia

If the abbreviation consists only of the first part of a word, it is necessary to put a period at the end in both American and British English. #EngTrivia

For example, Wed. (from Wednesday), Jan. (From January). #EngTrivia

That’s all I can share for today, fellas. Hope it could be useful for you!

Compiled and written by @waitatiri at @EnglishTips4U on January 13, 2015

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