Tag: abbreviations

How to decide whether to use ‘a’ or ‘an’

A or an: you need to listen to the sound

A recent query from a client reminded me of a topic I’ve been meaning to blog about for a while: when to use a or an. Most of us will remember learning a simple rule at school. If the word

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A (not so) brief lesson in Latin abbreviations

Latin abbreviations

As writers we’re often encouraged to keep things short and to the point. After all, “Brevity is the soul of wit”.[1] Many of the abbreviations we rely on in everyday English have Latin origins. In fact, the word abbreviation derives

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An ABC guide to everyday acronyms

The English language is positively brimming with acronyms, such as ASAP, B2B, FAQ and TLC. And OMG, don’t even get me started on text speak, like BRB, LOL, ROFL et al! But did you know that what many people refer

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