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principle to spell an abbreviated word

 
 
Reply Wed 12 Nov, 2008 04:21 pm
Hello,

Abbreviated words are used in many places in our everyday life (e.g. grocery store receipts) and I'm having trouble reading them. let alone spelling them myself (I am not a native speaker).

Are there any principles in spelling them (e.g. omitting all vowels?). Where can I find this information?

Thank you for your help.


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farmerman
 
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Reply Wed 12 Nov, 2008 05:39 pm
I normally just make em up as I go. Freeform texting is my favrt
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DrewDad
 
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Reply Wed 12 Nov, 2008 05:42 pm
I read this as "Principal to sell an abbreviated word."

I wondered how much he was asking for it.
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Merry Andrew
 
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Reply Wed 12 Nov, 2008 05:45 pm
@aquestion,
Unfortunately, there are no standard rules governing how abbreviations are arrived at in the English language. Some are generally accepted, e.g. 'mdse' for 'merchandise' or 'tot' for 'total.' But most of the time you just have to make an intelligent guess.
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farmerman
 
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Reply Wed 12 Nov, 2008 05:55 pm
Smomebdoy ddd a stduy taht satetd taht poelpe dnot evn need to haev wrods flolw any patrten to b unedertsood .

So abbreviatio sure isnt a problem.
aquestion
 
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Reply Wed 12 Nov, 2008 08:57 pm
@farmerman,
Thanks all for your answers. Guess have to use some creativity then.

Can someone give me an example as to how he/she would abbreviate a certain word?

For example. how would you abbreviate "standard" and "language".

According to the pronunciation, seems should be stdd, lgug -- looks too weird :$.

Can all words be abbreviated?

Thank you!
DrewDad
 
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Reply Wed 12 Nov, 2008 09:01 pm
@aquestion,
Standard: std.

Language: lang.
aquestion
 
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Reply Wed 12 Nov, 2008 11:10 pm
@DrewDad,
Yes, this looks much better. Even I could understand them.
It seems to be much harder to come up with an abbreviation than to recognize one (although the later is sometimes hard for me too).

Is this a natural thing for most native speakers? i.e. do native speakers come up with an abbreviation without any difficulty? If there isn't any principle to follow, is it by custom (i.e. memorizing how other people abbreviate it and following suit)?

My general vocabulary isn't too bad for a non-native speaker, but abbreviated words have been bothering me for a while. Any suggestion is very much appreciated. Thank you.


Merry Andrew
 
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Reply Wed 12 Nov, 2008 11:17 pm
@aquestion,
The more comfortable you get with the language, the easier it becomes, aquestion. For me, also, English is a second language. But I've been living in the US since the age of 11 and will turn 70 before the end of this year. Smile So my level of comfort with the language is pretty high. I frquently catch myself articulating abstract thoughts in my mind in English! (My parents must be turning over in their graves.)
flyboy804
 
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Reply Thu 13 Nov, 2008 09:03 am
@Merry Andrew,
As others have stated, with time and increased familiarity with the language, the translation from the abbreviated to the formal is automatic. As an iteresting aside, "nite" for "night" was an answer in todays NYT crossword puzzle. (clue: "time on a marquee."
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