Writing style tip: how to use shortened word forms

Shortened forms checklist


Term Example Short for Style convention
Abbreviation Inc. Incorporated Use the first few letters of the word, followed by a fullstop.
Contraction Dr, Ltd Doctor
Use the first and last letters of the word, with no fullstop.
Acronym Qantas Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services The first letters from a phrase are pronounced as a new  word. Sometimes the original meaning is forgotten (scuba, sonar).
Initialism FAQ Frequently asked question Similar to acronyms, but each letter of the initialism is  pronounced, rather than being read as a single word.
Symbol cm centimetre Set by international standards for units of measurement  and concepts.


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