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Chapter 29. A Capital Affair > Short and Sweet: Abbreviations - Pg. 337

A Capital Affair 337 Short and Sweet: Abbreviations Word Watch An abbreviation is a shortened form of an existing word or phrase. An abbreviation is a shortened form of an existing word or phrase. Note the word "existing"--it means that you can't make up your own abbreviations, no matter how strong the temptation. Remember that abbreviations start with a capital letter and end with a period. Here's how to use abbreviations correctly. 1. Abbreviatenames and titles. · Abbreviate social titles. Examples: Mister, Mr.; Mistress, Mrs.; Doctor, Dr. (always abbreviated) Technically, Ms . isn't an abbreviation because it isn't a shortened form of an existing word. Nonetheless, it's treated as an abbreviation. Hence, Ms.