What is the proper use of a period when using the middle initial of a proper name such as Joe D Public. Do you use a period on not?
NOT A TEACHER
(1) I have checked some of my books, and I believe it is correct to
say that most Americans still prefer to use a period:
Joe D. Public
(a) I most respectfully suggest that you follow this practice if
you are writing for American English readers.
(i) For example, in some English-speaking countries, they do not
use a period after "mister." They write:
Dear Mr Public,
To most Americans, this looks "strange." We are accustomed to:
Dear Mr. Public,