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The Period (#3), by Dennis Oliver

The Period (#3)

One very common and important punctuation mark
( . ) looks like a small, dark circle. When this mark is
used with numbers, it's called a point. When it's used
in e-mail and WWW addresses, it's called a dot. In
other situations, it's called a period.

In American English, there are many common uses
for the period. Besides abbreviations of titles, the period
is also used for many other types of abbreviations. One
group of abbreviations is used for time:

Jan.

Feb.

Mar.

Apr.

 

May

Jun.

Jul.

Aug.

 

Sept.

Oct.

Nov.

Dec.

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Sun.

Mon.

Tues.

Wed.

 

Thurs.

Fri.

Sat.

 

 

 

 

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Special Notes

 

1.   Because May has only three letters, it is
not abbreviated. Many people also do not
abbreviate June and July (because like
May, the names of these months are short).
     
2.  

Most of the names of the days of the week
also have one-letter abbreviations:

S, M, T, W, F

But note that

a.   H is often used as a one-letter
abbreviation for Thursday.
     
b.   On calendars that show Sunday
as the first day of the week, S can
be used for both Sarturday and
Sunday. On calendars that do not
show Sunday as the first day of
the week, S is usually used for
Sunday, while Sat is usually
used for Saturday.

 

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