Category: Abbreviations

Capitalization of Academic Degrees

Posted on Sunday, March 29, 2009, at 6:16 pm

[Please note: This original post from March 2009 has been updated and replaced by a new version of Capitalization of Academic Degrees, published on January 31, 2018.]  Perhaps you've wondered if and when academic degrees (bachelor's, master's, etc.) should be capitalized. The Chicago Manual of Style (CMOS) recommends writing academic degrees in lower case except when …

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Abbreviations vs. Acronyms vs. Initialisms

Posted on Monday, March 17, 2008, at 10:06 pm

Dictionaries don’t all agree on the definitions of these words and neither do style manuals. So we will attempt to shed more light on the distinctions. Abbreviations According to, an abbreviation is a shortened or contracted form of a word or phrase, used to represent the whole, as Dr. for Doctor, U.S. for United …

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