• Help wanted from the American contingent here. In the pub quiz last night, we got the question "The American term "prom" (meaning a high school dance) - what is it an abbreviation for?" We put "promenade", but the answer was given as "promotion". So who' ...
  • I haven't seen any specific treatment of how to punctuate the following under Oxford style rules: The list included the item "string, cord, etc." but there was no mention of rope. One punctuation rule says a clause starting with "but" should usually ...
  • Hello, I am unsure whether to use a "the" before an abbreviation. I heard about a rule, that an the article should be placed before initialisms (the USA decided..., the STL provides template functions...), but not before acronyms (NASA reported..., ...
  • Interesting take on the term acronym for the nazi group NRA. (What does NRA mean btw? Noxious Redneck Americana? Not rifles alone in the Naff (Neither a fixture or fitting/ Not a fitting feature) Righteous Armed?) "Words that must be capitalized, ...
  • Hi, I'd appreciate any clues to finding an English word abbreviation of latin "i.a." ("inter alia"), equivalent to e.g. German "u.A." ("unter Anderem"). Google gave too much and too little. Is there such an abbreviation as "aot." for "amongEmotion: storm other ...
  • Why do old abbreviations that are perfectly fine have to get longer? Until 1964 or maybe much later, Post Office Box was abbreviated (or whatever the right term is) POB. Who didn't understand that in What's My Line POB 1776 New York 12, New York POB sto ...
  • Hello alt.usage.english users, I have come across the problem several times, that I need to lookup some abbreviation. What I do is punch it in groups.goolge and I usually find a nice definition. Does there exist a list or DB of abbreviations ...
  • A major grocery store had cupcakes for sale for Chanuka. For decoration, in the icing, some had a menorah, some had a mogen dovid (the 6-pointed star), and some had IHS. Emotion: smile I guess the store's cake decorator was just ad libbing. But now I'm confused ...
  • I have a colleague who is in the process of ordering a large machine that requires specialized installation (indoor cranes etc.), and from time to time she asks my aid in understanding some of the information in the specification (which is being ...
  • While boning up on my Latin phrases recently, I noticed the abbreviation "Q.E.D." (quod erat demonstrandum), is literally translated into English as "which was to be demonstrated". So (assuming the verb/verb phrase in "which was to be demonstrated" ...
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