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Note 269 – The acronym a.k.a.

A.k.a. is an abbreviation meaning “also known as” and for a writer or author, it might appear before their pen name.  According to Wikipedia, it is also used to introduce pseudonyms, aliases, nicknames, working names, legalized names, maiden names and so on.  It appears that it can be capitalised and/or punctuated and the variations I have … Continue reading

Note 180 – The Latin word ‘viz’

Here are a few facts about the word viz (source: Wiktionary.org and Wikipedia.org): It is an adverb and abbreviation meaning ‘namely’ It comes from the Latin word videlicet.  Wiktionary states that “the ‘z’ [in viz] was originally not a letter but a common Middle Latin scribal abbreviation that was used for -et“. When reading it in a … Continue reading

Note 83 – Abbreviations v Acronyms

For the background to my writing challenge, please read my first blog by clicking the following link – http://wp.me/p1x6Ui-4. If you would prefer to dive straight into note 83, then please read on… Abbreviations The word abbreviation comes from Latin word brevis which means short.  The Pocket Writer’s handbook by Martin Mander & Stephen Curtis … Continue reading

Note 75 – Acronyms

For the background to my writing challenge, please read my first blog by clicking the following link – http://wp.me/p1x6Ui-4. If you would prefer to dive straight into note 75, then please read on… Acronyms Today I ran a couple of workshops at work and before each one started, I handed out an acronyms sheet that I had … Continue reading

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