Periods after abbreviations

Jesse Sheidlower jester at PANIX.COM
Tue Jun 29 12:57:01 UTC 2004

On Mon, Jun 28, 2004 at 11:18:17PM -0400, Baker, John wrote:
>         Jesse did not clarify why he thinks that "Ms" should
> not have a period.  My initial thought was that he meant
> that actual words, such as Ms and Mrs (neither of which is
> an abbreviation for anything), should not have periods.

"Mrs" isn't an abbreviation? Could have fooled me. I trusted
my trusty OED when it told me that it's shortened from

"Ms" on the other hand really isn't an abbreviation, and this,
rather than any sense of British lack-of-periodness, is the
secondary reason why I don't use a period after it.

The main reason is, of course, pretension.

Jesse Sheidlower

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