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I understand that misc is abbreviation of miscellaneous.

When writing this word should I write dot at the end like this: "Please look at the misc. folder"? Also, should I use capital letter like so: "Please look at the MISC folder"?

Another example would be: "Please look under Categories for MISC/misc."

Thank you for your help!

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    Is it the name of a folder?
    – nschneid
    Commented Sep 5, 2021 at 15:21
  • Neither of them reads very naturally. They would both be improved by the insertion of the before misc./MISC
    – mdewey
    Commented Sep 5, 2021 at 15:23
  • Hi @nschneid , I will choose the folder's name depending on your advice, but this is also a category in a our website. So another example would be: "Please look under Categories for MISC/misc. Commented Sep 5, 2021 at 15:24
  • @mdewey thanks, you are right :) and as for the way of writing the word it self? Commented Sep 5, 2021 at 15:26
  • With "the" it sounds natural. Either "misc." or "MISC" will be widely recognized as short for "miscellaneous".
    – nschneid
    Commented Sep 5, 2021 at 15:27

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It depends if the name of the folder is literally "Misc" or if it just an unnamed folder which contains miscellaneous items.

If it is just a folder which contains miscellanea then you should describe it in words and write something like "Please look at the miscellaneous-items folder."

If it has a name you should refer to it using that specific name, set off somehow (like "quotes" or codetext if your word processor allows for that): "Please look at the Misc folder." Whether you use a period or not depends on the actual name of the folder.

Generally, you would not use the appreciated form of the word in a full sentence. You could use the abbreviation as a heading in a table, for example. In that context the period is truly optional in my opinion.

And as mdewey commented, you need a the before the noun.

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  • Thank you for answering! You wrote "abbreviation as a heading in a table", I will use it as a category name in our website's list of categories. In that case would you use MISC or misc? I let go of the period as I understand it's optional. Commented Sep 5, 2021 at 15:37
  • The proper use would be Misc. You should use that and then you can apply the CSS text-transform property as desired to match your organization's branding and style.
    – randomhead
    Commented Sep 5, 2021 at 16:14

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