verse = compete vs. (1984)

Chris Waigl cwaigl at FREE.FR
Sat Oct 1 18:06:07 UTC 2005

Arnold M. Zwicky wrote:

>for what it's worth, NSOED has the abbreviation as "vs.", with a
>period at the end, which in british style usually means that letters
>following the final letter of the abbreviation have been omitted (cf.
>british "Mr" and "Dr").
I found that intriguing because I've never seen "vs." from British
sources that are consistent about the punctuation of abbreviations. So I
looked it up, too. In my edition of NSOED (1993), the entry on /versus/
ends (omitting italics):

Esp. in legal or sporting contexts. Abbrev. v., vs.

It's entirely unclear if they mean that "vs" should receive a period,
though, because all entries in NSOED end with a period.

Chris Waigl

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