Author Topic: Positional Abbreviations  (Read 1201 times)

JewelAS53

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Positional Abbreviations
« on: September 22, 2013, 06:13:51 AM »
Does one write 1st.
or
2nd

I expect the answer will be pick a style and stick with it.  :)

If you're having a Sunday like mine, and can't spot the dot, the difference is the full stop. ;D

Thanks in advance.
J

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Re: Positional Abbreviations
« Reply #1 on: September 22, 2013, 07:14:26 AM »
No punctuation is needed for superscripted text. The st will stand alone.

These kinds of abbreviations should be reserved for recipes and how-to manuals. In fiction, spell them out.

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JewelAS53

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Re: Positional Abbreviations
« Reply #2 on: September 22, 2013, 07:51:01 AM »
Thanks, Don.
So, if I am writing about police or military rank, then, I should write first lieutenant, first sergeant, etc?

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Re: Positional Abbreviations
« Reply #3 on: September 22, 2013, 08:19:22 AM »
Correct. I learned early that abbreviations and acronyms cause the reader to pause, so I avoid them whenever possible. Obviously, there will be exceptions but for the most part, you want your writing to be invisible.
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JewelAS53

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Re: Positional Abbreviations
« Reply #4 on: September 22, 2013, 08:25:11 AM »
Thank you so much, Don.
Much appreciated.  :-*

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Re: Positional Abbreviations
« Reply #5 on: September 22, 2013, 01:34:22 PM »
I'm inconsistent and sometimes talk about the 16th century and rarely about the sixteenth century. I believe the longer word in there is actually more difficult to read and when talking about dates, the number helps. The rarely comes if it is the first word of a sentence. No matter what, a sentence never starts with a numeral, you write the number out. At least the rule I learned said that.

However, kings are always Grand Pubah III or Grand Pubah XIV or whatever.
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