Short cuts : the dictionary of useful abbreviations
Kleinedler, Steven Racek
Lincolnwood, Ill. : NTC Pub. Group, c1997, 1993.
This essential reference enables users to break through all the mysteries of abbreviated American English words and phrases. The guide concentrates on acronyms and initialisms found in common work and learning situations and covers 2,100 shortened words used in American English.
Abbreviations annoy me. Not in a don’t-be-lazy kind of way. Laziness has it’s virtues–too many to extol here but suffice it to say that Snuggies, remote controls, and pre-made PB & J’s are involved. No, they annoy me in a there-are-too-many-words-in-the-world-and-abbreviations-are-just-recipes-for-confusion kind of way.
A sentence using abbreviation: Tom, you get a comm dis.
Could be: Tom, you get a communicable disease.
Could be: Tom, you get a community display.
Whats a community display? I don’t know. But I’m sure Tom would be happier to get it rather than what was behind door number 1 yes?
Viva la full-blown word! Down with abbreviations!