[Taxacom] Best usage - spp (no period) or spp.?

Paul Kirk p.kirk at cabi.org
Wed Oct 10 16:53:32 CDT 2012


then your work is not yet done ... :-)



such inconsistencies can never occur in a fully normalized relational database ... :-)



Paul

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From: Stephen Thorpe [stephen_thorpe at yahoo.co.nz]
Sent: 10 October 2012 22:48
To: Paul Kirk; Boyle, Bradley L - (bboyle); <taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu>
Subject: Re: [Taxacom] Best usage - spp (no period) or spp.?

Oh but I do, Paul! Enough to know that there isn't perfect consistency (surprise, surprise!). See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doctor_(title)
[quote]Abbreviated "Dr" or "Dr.", [unquote]

S.

From: Paul Kirk <p.kirk at cabi.org>
To: Stephen Thorpe <stephen_thorpe at yahoo.co.nz>; "Boyle, Bradley L - (bboyle)" <bboyle at email.arizona.edu>; "<taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu>" <taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu>
Sent: Thursday, 11 October 2012 10:36 AM
Subject: RE: [Taxacom] Best usage - spp (no period) or spp.?

USA is an initialism - when it is spoken each letter is spoken separately.
NASA on the other hand is an acronym - when it is spoken it is spoken like a word.
An abbreviation differs from a contraction - the former ends in a period, the latter does not (imho) e.g. Prof. and Dr

You should use Wikipedia more often Stephen - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acronym_and_initialism
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abbreviation

Paul
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From: taxacom-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu<mailto:taxacom-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu> [taxacom-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu<mailto:taxacom-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu>] on behalf of Stephen Thorpe [stephen_thorpe at yahoo.co.nz<mailto:stephen_thorpe at yahoo.co.nz>]
Sent: 10 October 2012 20:42
To: Boyle, Bradley L - (bboyle); <taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu<mailto:taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu>>
Subject: Re: [Taxacom] Best usage - spp (no period) or spp.?

Though I think the matter is trivial (and pointless!), there does seem to be some confusion here still:
Abbreviations are contrasted with acronyms for *multiword* names, e.g.

abbreviation U.S.A.

acronym NASA

abbreviations use "periods", acronyms don't.

That much is clear. But when we apply it to single words, things get
trickier. There is no such thing as a single word acronym. Instead
abbreviations are contrasted with contractions, e.g.

abbreviation St., for street [the 't' in 'St.' is the first 't' in 'street']
contraction St, for saint

some people are claiming that abbreviations use "periods", contractions don't

cf is not straightforwardly either an abbreviation or a contraction!

S. [abbreviation for Stephen]



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From: "Boyle, Bradley L - (bboyle)" <bboyle at email.arizona.edu<mailto:bboyle at email.arizona.edu>>
To: "<taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu<mailto:taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu>>" <taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu<mailto:taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu>>
Sent: Thursday, 11 October 2012 8:18 AM
Subject: Re: [Taxacom] Best usage - spp (no period) or spp.?

Hi Tony,

"cf." is an abbreviation for "confer" and therefore takes a period. See: W.T. Stern, Botanical Latin (Chap. XXVI, "Symbols and Abbreviations").

Unless of course your editorial policy and/or particular flavo(u)r of English allows abbreviations without periods....

Brad


On Oct 10, 2012, at 10:00 AM, <taxacom-request at mailman.nhm.ku.edu<mailto:taxacom-request at mailman.nhm.ku.edu>>
<taxacom-request at mailman.nhm.ku.edu<mailto:taxacom-request at mailman.nhm.ku.edu>> wrote:

> Date: Wed, 10 Oct 2012 11:18:48 +1100
> From: <Tony.Rees at csiro.au<mailto:Tony.Rees at csiro.au>>
> Subject: Re: [Taxacom] Best usage - spp (no period) or spp.?
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> Thanks to all who responded on this interesting (?) thread. These responses have been summarised to the responsible CAAB editors who have agreed to standardise on "spp." for this purpose. The power of the taxacom list is thus once again demonstrated to all.
>
> Still awaiting significant deliberations regarding a potential change from "cf" to "cf.", however...
>
> Regards - Tony

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University of Arizona
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