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Reply Sat 16 May, 2009 07:12 am
Native English speakers, please express your opinion or cite authoritative sources to support your opinion about the abbreviation of the word memoir.
The abbreviation of memoir is mem.
Do you think the abbreviation acceptabhle?
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contrex
 
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Reply Sat 16 May, 2009 07:27 am
@oristarA,
No. There is no need to abbreviate the word memoir.
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OmSigDAVID
 
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Reply Sat 16 May, 2009 07:39 am
@oristarA,
oristarA wrote:

Native English speakers, please express your opinion
or cite authoritative sources to support your opinion
about the abbreviation of the word memoir.
The abbreviation of memoir is mem.
Do you think the abbreviation acceptabhle?

NO good.
That is not recognizable.

It is a mistake to speak or to write in abbreviations,
of chopping off part of a word; it looks unacceptably bad.
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JTT
 
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Reply Tue 19 May, 2009 02:09 pm
@oristarA,
Abbreviations are used to save time when a word has to be repeated many times. As has been mentioned, this is normally not needed, especially with a word such as memoir.

I suppose that it`s not beyond the realm of possibility that this or any word could be shortened precisely because it is being used a lot. In that case, the abbreviation could be whatever was mutually understandable to the parties concerned.
roger
 
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Reply Tue 19 May, 2009 02:49 pm
@JTT,
Still, manuscript is often abbreviated. Doesn't make any more sense than abbreviating memoir.
JTT
 
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Reply Tue 19 May, 2009 03:14 pm
@roger,
Even okay is abbreviated, Roger. Wink
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Reply Wed 12 Mar, 2014 11:30 am
@oristarA,
I don't think it is acceptable to abbreviate the word memoir. In general I am opposed to abbreviations with some exceptions. If you are conducting classes, are a participant of a forum, etcetera, and everyone knows what the abbreviations mean, it would be alright. If you are not writing to an informative group of individuals it is customary to spell out the full word or group of words followed by the abbreviated form in parenthesis. In the rest of the article you may use the abbreviation. Consider someone who is searching the web for an answer to their query and they come across an article that addresses their query. The article is full of abbreviations and acronyms and the full reference to the abbreviations or acronyms, if there are any, are buried in the article, (the full reference to the abbreviation or acronym will only be cited when the author starts to use them.) The reader quickly gives up and leaves the website because of time constraints. In this instance the abbreviations and acronyms take a hundred times or more to research what they mean and stand for, while the intended purpose for abbreviating and using acronyms is to save time. Are we sure we are trying to save time, or are we just lazy?
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OmSigDAVID
 
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Reply Thu 13 Mar, 2014 03:14 am
@oristarA,
There is NO abbreviation for that word.
Most words do not have any abbreviation.





David
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contrex
 
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Reply Thu 13 Mar, 2014 01:43 pm
@oristarA,
oristarA wrote:

The abbreviation of memoir is mem.
Do you think the abbreviation acceptabhle?


You can invent your own abbreviations when you are writing e.g. notes for your own use, but you should not attempt to impose them on others.
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OmSigDAVID
 
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Reply Thu 13 Mar, 2014 10:01 pm
@oristarA,
oristarA wrote:

Native English speakers, please express your opinion
or cite authoritative sources to support your opinion about
the abbreviation of the word memoir.
The abbreviation of memoir is mem.
Do you think the abbreviation acceptabhle?
No. It will not be recognized.





David
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