The Grammatical Term, “Abbreviation”
It’s Meaning And Usage In The Common Tongue Of The English Language
Previously It was abbreviated as, Wisc. – then, Wis. – and now simply as WI – notice that the periods after the abbreviation disappeared and then, the abbreviations actually got… abbreviated. This is how it is for all the states in the United States.
Other Forms of Abbreviation:
Often-times words are “informally” abbreviated. For example the word, “University” becomes, “Univ.”. This is usually done to save space or time and energy in writing or typing. There are other ways of abbreviating when it is a matter of the physical (or virtual) space that the word is to be contained within. This is usually done with words which might not be clearly comprehended by just using the first few letters (as above). In this case – quite often – the vowels are taken out of the word.
Another popular form of Abbreviation is the “Acronym”. These are created by taking the first letter of a string of words (usually the name of an organization) and making a word out of them.
But, it should also be noted that a lot of abbreviations are specific to different fields of interest, different companies, and different social groups, and therefore may be the same as in other groups where-in the abbreviation represents a completely different word.
And If you have ever played the role-playing game, “Dungeons and Dragons” (abbreviated “D&D”) then you are sure to recognize these… (I mean the abbreviations below… not the nerds in the picture) 😀
However, you may notice that…
So the meanings are not always so “clear-cut“.
Finally, there is the most despicable form of abbreviation (despicable to us folks who really like words and comprehend the incredible importance of using them correctly). And that despicable form is… “Text Speech”
Have An Excellent Day!
(And don’t use “text-speech” unless your are on your phone!!!)