Example sentences for: abbreviation

How can you use “abbreviation” in a sentence? Here are some example sentences to help you improve your vocabulary:

  • (I find it convenient to distinguish an abbreviation as a shortening that is not or cannot be pronounced, like USA, UN, IOC, GB, NIH, NAS, RC, OED, IBM , etc., from an acronym as a shortening that is pronounced as a word, like ad lib, NASA, WREN, OPEC, COMSAT, NATO , etc.

  • David Galef's article, F U Cn Rd Ths [XXII,4,15], brought to mind a puzzling abbreviation I noticed on highway signs when I moved to Los Angeles some years ago.

  • At my Victorian grandmama's knee I was taught that one uses the abbreviation "messrs" (plural of mister) only when addressing two men with the same surname residing at the same address--an admittedly Victorian situation.

  • The French adopted the habit as an intensifier of musculine nouns, proper and improper, and this too became mostly pejorative, as in mouchard sneak or informer (from mouche fly), and froussard coward (from frousse fright), and bastard , a trenchant abbreviation of fils de bast pack-saddle child.

  • Nevertheless, NoLIta, as the area is disagreeably called (the abbreviation stands for North of Little Italy), has become a style incubator for the rest of the city, which means for the country, which means for the world.


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