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    what is 'em

    what is it called when you use an ' to write as it sounds like 'em rather than them

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    Re: what is 'em

    When an apostrophe replaces missing letters, the result is called a contraction.

    Rock 'n Roll or more properly Rock 'n' Roll but that's not the common practice.
    Isn't
    Int'l (for international)

    When the word is shortened, by dropping letters from the end, it's called an abbreviation.

    Corp. (for corporation).
    Eng. (for English or Engineer)

    Then there is the in-between area that no one can decide on. When letters are dropped from the middle, and no apostrophe appears:

    Mr.
    Dr.

    Or what about entirely irregular things like

    Mrs. (where did that R come from!?)

    The British have a really nice system that I wish were American/Cdn standard: If the word is simply shortened, they use a period/full stop. If it's contracted, they don't. I like this:

    Mr and Mrs Smith and Prof. Jones were itroduced to each other at Gov. Gen. Appleby's residence by The Hon. Appleby himself.

    I like that because of the simple distinction between Street (St) and Saint (St.).

    The other type is called an Initialism, if it is pronounced as each letter:

    USA
    UN

    or an Acronym is you say it like a word:

    NATO
    SEATO

    until eventually the acronyms become words in their own right

    radar
    scuba

    Fun, eh?


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    Re: what is 'em

    Or what about entirely irregular things like

    Mrs. (where did that R come from!?)


    Mistress. Abbreviated from the early 1600s as Mrs., as Mr. is the abbreviation of Master, from which Mister was later derived.

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    Re: what is 'em

    Thanks! I don't think I ever knew that.

    So, what's the abbreviation/contraction for a mistress today? Whr?

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