Abbreviation FAQs:


Q: Is abbreviation a shortening by any method?

A: Yes, a contraction is a reduction of size by the drawing together of the parts.

Q: Is abbreviation not necessarily a contraction?

A: Yes.

Q: Is abbreviation not the last letter of its antecedent: "M." is the abbreviation for "monsieur" while "Mme" is that for "madame"?

A: Yes, Like many other cross-channel linguistic acquisitions, many Britons readily took this up and followed this rule themselves, while the Americans took a simpler rule and applied it rigorously.

Q: Is abbreviation frequently used for universities: for instance, Běidà for Běijīng Dàxué and Tōdai for Tōkyō daigaku?

A: Yes, The English phrase "Gung ho" originated as a Chinese abbreviation.

Q: Are abbreviations usually written using lower case?

A: Yes, and sometimes starting with a capital letter, and are always pronounced as words rather than letter by letter.

Q: Were abbreviations also typical for the German language used in the German Democratic Republic, e.g?

A: Yes, Stasi for Staatssicherheit or Vopo for Volkspolizist. Other uses are in company or product names such as Aldi, from the name of the founder, Theo Albrecht, and the German word Diskont or Haribo, from the name of the founder and the headquarters of the company, Hans Riegl Bonn.

Q: Are abbreviations not widely used in English or French?

A: Yes.

Q: Were abbreviations sometimes represented with various suspension signs?

A: Yes, and not only periods.

Q: Are abbreviations preferred by the US Navy?

A: Yes, as it increases readability amidst the large number of initialisms that would otherwise have to fit into the same acronyms.

Q: Is abbreviation usually formed from the initial syllables of several words?

A: Yes, such as Interpol = International + police.

Q: Were abbreviations used in Germany even before the Nazis came to power?

A: Yes, and e.g., Schupo for Schutzpolizei.