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Offline Ray Kingfisher Reading No, Writing.
26 Nov 2013, 05:38 PM | Post: #11

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RE: Mr and Mrs

(26 Nov 2013 05:24 PM)Rosen Trevithick Wrote: Wrote:  I'm so glad this thread is about punctuation. I once found a board game called 'Mr and Mrs' at a pub. The sexist questions and heterocentricity  enraged me.

Heterocentricity? Haha! That's a new one on me, Rosen.
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26 Nov 2013, 05:43 PM | Post: #12

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I was taught that if the last letter in the abbreviation of the word ended in the same letter as the full word, it did not need a full stop.

So Mister abbreviated to Mr does not have a full stop. Neither does Doctor as Dr but other abbreviations such as Inst. for Institute,  should.

However, it seems that many abbreviations have lost the full stops they should have. The full stop can be helpful to show that it is an abbreviation. Back then, in 19**, I think my teachers were right. They all looked ancient to me, and the years have flown by, so I may have got left behind!
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Offline Ray Kingfisher Reading No, Writing.
27 Nov 2013, 07:32 AM | Post: #13

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(26 Nov 2013 05:43 PM)Anna Faversham Wrote: Wrote:  I was taught that if the last letter in the abbreviation of the word ended in the same letter as the full word, it did not need a full stop.

So Mister abbreviated to Mr does not have a full stop. Neither does Doctor as Dr but other abbreviations such as Inst. for Institute,  should.

However, it seems that many abbreviations have lost the full stops they should have. The full stop can be helpful to show that it is an abbreviation. Back then, in 19**, I think my teachers were right. They all looked ancient to me, and the years have flown by, so I may have got left behind!
Never heard of the 'last letter' rule, Anna. I think I was taught any abbreviation required a full stop. But yes, these things change over time. I think in writing the golden rule is consistency and clarity rather than sticking to rules.

Has anyone here read any Cormac McCarthy? His book are VERY lacking in punctuation but sell quite nicely thank you.
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Offline Grace Elliot Reading Demelza.
27 Nov 2013, 09:30 PM | Post: #14

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Wow - I hadn't heard of the 'last letter rule' but it's exactly the sort of rule I can understand and remember.
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Offline Mads Sorensen Reading A Quiet Life by Natasha Walter
27 Nov 2013, 10:02 PM | Post: #15

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What about Hon for Honorary?
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27 Nov 2013, 11:25 PM | Post: #16

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(27 Nov 2013 10:02 PM)Mads Sorensen Wrote: Wrote:  What about Hon for Honorary?
The Honourable John Jones? Without a full stop, the inference would be that old Johnny was a bit of a honey. Wink
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