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What does mean OP?

I came across with OP in some sentences like this: Your answer doesn't relate to the OP's question ... It obviously refers to the "person" who has asked the "original question", and they(O & P) ...
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How to shorten “communications”

I have to put the word "communications" in a graphic. For design reasons I have to make the word shorter. How can eliminate some letters and make it still understandable, is there any correct way to ...
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Slash in abbreviations for example j/k or w/e

I was wondering why people use a slash in abbrevations for example w/e or j/k (whatever and just kidding). I've seen them with and without a slash and I am actually interested to know what the slash ...
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Why is between abbreviated as b/w?

I saw such usages many times(including one in this blog post I saw just now) especially when we are writing on the blackboard, but I don't know why between is simplified as b/w. It seems very strange ...
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“Section 2 and 3” or “Sections 2 and 3”?

Consider the following sentence, "In Section 2 and Section 3 of the report, we have seen ...". If I want to omit the second "Section", should I make the first "Section" plural and say "In Sections 2 ...
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How to write an abbreviation of a plural form of the term

If I am writing text which contains plural form of a term that I include its abbreviation in brackets, should I include the s in the term itself inside the brackets or outside or not include the s in ...
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Can I shorten the word “subtitles” to “sub's”?

I wanted to use the form of colloquial speech in my writing, having the word abbreviation in context to simplify speech. "It's cool that you to create english sub's" and "It's cool that you to ...
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Is it approperiate to use months abbreviations in academic writing?

Is it appropriate to use months abbreviations in academic writing? For example: As of Aug. 2015, the program usage hit 50%
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What is the meaning of a.k.a. abreviation?

I have saw this expression been used very often in colloquial textual conversations (as in this question for example), but I don't know what it means.
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What do the abbreviations “Ms.” and “Mrs” stand for?

What do the abbreviations "Ms." and "Mrs." stand for? and why do they have a capital letters? I mean, we use to pronounce them totally different from what we write and see, and we add them a full ...
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Is the use of '1991-9' annoying/confusing?

As a native, do you understand what '1991-9' means? Do you find it annoying or confusing? Maybe, '1991-99' would be better? '1991-1999' contains too many symbols, I would like to shorten it a bit.
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Is it correct to use “cetera” by itself, replacing “et” with “and”?

I've always preferred variations of "etc" and "et cetera": "and cetera" "&c" "Cetera" is Latin and though we may borrow the Latin phrase in English, it might not be correct in formal settings to ...
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Which one is correct? Docs or Doc?

An abbreviated word for 'documentary' would be doc. However, it could be also reffered as doctor as well. Should I use 'docs' instead? Is there any chances people might misunderstand or confuse it ...
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Where should one use tl;dr?

As I understand, tl;dr stands for too long didn't read. However I came across this post, in which the op said tl;dr at the beginning. What does that mean? Exactly what did the op not read?
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Should “a” vs “an” be chosen based on an expanded abbreviation? [duplicate]

The indefinite article "an" is used when the following word starts with a vowel sound. For example one write "an adjective" but "a noun". However, when an abbreviation is used, should this be based ...
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Write '-(e)s' in italic or not?

When using certain abbreviations in italic, should '-(e)s' representing plural form written in italic? For example, We call a mobile node that senses the surrounding information MN. Blah, ...
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What does the letter X (=times) stand for?

In many places we meet the letter X as a sign for times. Whether it's in primary school (5x5=25) or when we use lenses of camera or microscope we see the letter X in meaning of times (10X, 1000X etc.)....
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How to capitalize (or not) an abbreviation, is there any rule?

Reading this article I was quite puzzled about the way the author capitalized or not the abbreviations. When writing in full: The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Number All words ...
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Is there a rule of thumb for simplifications like “it looks like rain today”

I am wondering if there's any rule to know when or where we can simplify sentences like It looks like rain again today Which I think it's the short version of It looks like that it's gonna rain ...
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Abbreviation of “In contrast”

What word can I use as an abbreviation of the phrase "in contrast" or "on the contrary" or "directly opposite"?
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What does the acronym “btf” mean? [closed]

What does the acronym "btf" mean in the following sentence: This project was a labour of love that took developers btf five years to accomplish.
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Are abbreviations “proper” words? [closed]

As a consequence of a different discussion, I realized this: Are abbreviations "proper" words? (I use the broad meaning for abbreviation, not the strictest meaning) E.g.: C.I.A. abbr. Prof. Dr. .....
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SB and STH in dictionaries

tell sb to do sth (Cambridge Learner's Dictionary) When I look in dictionaries, I often see the words sb and sth. Are these proper words? What do they mean? Can I use these words in my essays, for ...
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Capitalize i.e. and e.g.?

When you start a sentence with acronyms such as i.e., e.g., or similar, how do you capitalize them? "I.e., ...", or " I.E., ..."? Thanks.
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What do “M”, “G” and “B” buttons mean in an elevator?

What do "M", "G" and "B" buttons mean in an elevator, besides "1", "2", ...? Confusing. Thanks.
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Is it okay to use IS like this in informal writing?

Ronnie's a bad influence on her. Keep him away. Can we use an apostrophe and "S" to say is at the end of a name to say somebody is when writing informally?
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Is there a specific name for “pick-only-consonants” type abbreviations?

I find it very common for English speakers to shorten a single word to 3–4 letters long by picking its first letter and some (or all) of its subsequent consonants, like so: statement => stmt ...
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lab and laboratory

Can lab be used not as a shorthand or abbreviation for laboratory? There are many courses titled such as Chemistry Lab and Physics Lab and I somewhat feel like lab is more like a complete word.
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What does 'ext.' mean in telephone number?

People sometimes give me phone number like (XXX) XXX XXXX ext. XXX. I was wondering what does this 'ext. XXX' mean?
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Irregularity allowance?

In The Netherlands it is possible that you get paid extra (above your hourly wage) if you have 'irregular' working hours, e.g. you work at uncommon times, like Saturdays, Sundays, national holidays ...
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Where do I put the period when I abbreviate someone's name?

If I was shortening someone's last name to only the first letter, but not doing it for the first name, would I put the dot after the last name or between the first name and the last name? For example,...
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use of the word they're

Proper use of the word they're in a sentence. Example They're camping out or They are camping out or Their camping out Which usage is correct? Is using the word "they're" ...
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What's wrong with saying “I am watching TV” instead of “I am watching television”?

I was told that I could only say or write "TV" when it is accompanied with a word like "show" or "program", but if I refer just to TV, I should say or write "television". For example: I am ...
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What do “ed:XXX” meaning in translated manga?

For example(8 page): http://mangahasu.se/onii-chan-wa-oshimai/vol-6-chapter-17-mahiro-and-the-onsen- panic-first-part-c590411.html#8 I can't find a tool to query such abbreviations word.
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Bae stands for?

If bae stands for 'before anyone else', when somebody mention salt bae (Nusret Gokce-the meat guy), does it mean he is the one doing that salting move before anyone else?
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Is it acceptable to use “etc.” in IELTS Writing Exam?

Someone told me that "etc." is not formal. However, based on my research in internet, some people said that it is acceptable to use "etc." in academic paper. How about IELTS writing exam then? Is "...
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Should I use “a” or “an” when I abbreviate a word?

Taking notes, I was going to write this: therefore p′ is a shortest path. But the topic is APSP which stands for "all pairs shortest paths" so I decided to just write SP instead and... Is it ...
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Should I start abbreviations with capital letters in titles?

The title of a section in my paper is Bipolar Disorder Def. Should it be "Def." or "def."?
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Abbreviation for supervisor

The simple version of my question would be: "What is the abbreviation of 'Supervisor'"? However, I will add some explaining. I am abbreviating the word "operator" as "Op" already (size constraints) ...
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can the abbreviation for “Schedule” be used for “scheduled”?

I read in writing explained.org that "schedule" can be abbreviated as Sched or Skd. Can these abbreviations be used for "Scheduled"? (as in a task scheduled for 5.30pm) Any suggestions for ...
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Is “config” abbreviation of “configuration”?

I'm learning English. I make a system with configuration module. Is appropriate config instead of configuration?
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BSc, MSc, PhD vs. B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D

ODO prefers Ph.D. over PhD in US English. But at the same time, there is no B.Sc. and no M.Sc. entry in OED, which leads me into thinking that there is a mismatch: Ph.D. is typically written with ...
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What is RA abbreviation for?

In a joke image (second image from top), there's mentioning of preparing for RA inspection. Googling leads to medical material on rheumatism and disambiguitization produces way too many different ...
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Can “A.K.A” be used also in speech or in writing only?

Can "A.K.A" abbreviation be used also in the speech language or in the writing only? If it can be used in speech, then are there another abbreviations (not of companies of course, or science) that ...
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What does 'K' mean in '20K' when talking about prices?

What is the meaning of 'K' in 20K or 30K or 40K when disclosing price?
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What does “call BS” mean in the sentence “We call BS”?

What does BS mean in the sentence "We call BS"? I saw an article about protests in the US that said the following (see here the video): Florida student Emma Gonzalez to lawmakers and gun advocates:...
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Possible meaning of “PR” abbreviation

I already know that PR can mean Public Relations or Puerto Rico, but none of these definition works in my context. I was on github, and an author basically said : If you like this plugin and want ...
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What does the keyword 'w/' mean?

I read about VM in MIT OCW 6.828 (the lecture at https://ocw.mit.edu/courses/electrical-engineering-and-computer-science/6-828-operating-system-engineering-fall-2012/lecture-notes-and-readings/...
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How should I write the abbreviation for “okay”? (ok, Ok, OK) [duplicate]

How should I write abbreviation for "okay"? The options are: ok, Ok, OK. I've never took any notice of it, but recently someone (that he's not a native English speaker) told me that I should write ...
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What does “M.C.” in “M.C. Esker” mean?

In the article New York - style time machine, there is a drawing: What does M.C. Esker mean? The clue for this, as said by a redditor, is in the line These deposits, which remain as ridges called ...