7 Answered Questions for the topic abbreviations


Is it colloquially acceptable to use ETA in place of "estimated time to completion"?

Literally, ETA means "estimated time to arrival". It is often used when traveling, like you want to know your ETA to your destination, or the ETA for the package delivery.However, often I find... more
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Should the abbreviation 'i.e.' be used in speech?

I often hear people use the abbreviation 'i.e.' while speaking. It does not seem right to me. Similarly with 'e.g.' — I would always say 'for example' rather than 'e.g.'. So is it appropriate to... more
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Punctuation with US measurements?


Is "i.e." in this situation incorrect?

I.e. is used when we would like to use a situation as a kind of clarification. Suppose I was to write something like this: > Nano-boxes are used in medical science i.e. cancer treatment, where... more
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Is www an abbreviation?

The initialism ["www" means "world wide web"][mw]. The common definition of an initialism is that it is an abbreviation, formed by using the first letter of each word. According to most... more
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When is it acceptable to use Internet abbreviations such as “u” or “r”?

In my business communication over Internet text messengers, for example Google Talk or Skype, I see that many people often use shorten words like _u_ instead of _you_, _r_ instead of _are_ and the... more
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Does the abbreviation for Saint in a church name require a period?

In referring to a local church, does the name "St Giles" require a period after the "St"? I was told that to add a period confuses it with the abbreviation for street.

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