=88. Abbreviations Avoided

Abbreviations should as a rule be avoided.

The coming of the typewriter into journalism has created a tendency to

write out all words in full.

=89. Personal and Professional Titles

The following personal and

professional titles are abbreviated when preceding proper names:

Adjt. Gen.

Brig. Gen.






Gov. Gen.



Lieut. Col.

Lieut. Gen.



Maj. Gen.







Rt. Rev.



=90. Use of Titles

Use personal titles under the following


1. Do not use Mr. before a man's name when his baptismal name or

initials are given.

=Not Good

Mr. A. B. Crayton of Belleville was a

guest at the Horton house to-day.


A. B. Crayton of Belleville was a guest at

the Horton house to-day.

2. After a person's name has been mentioned once in a story, his

initials or Christian names are omitted thereafter, and a Mr. or his

professional title is put before the name.


Prof. O. C. Bowen of Atawa was a speaker

at the local Y. M. C. A. to-day. Prof. Bowen chose

as his subject, "The Four Pillars of State."

3. If a person has more than one professional title, the one of highest

rank should be used. If he has two titles of apparently equal rank,

choose the one last received or the one by which he is best known among

his friends.

4. Mrs. always precedes the name of a married woman, Miss that of an

unmarried woman, no matter whether the initials or Christian names are

used or not.

5. In giving lists of unmarried women, precede the names with Misses,

taking care always to give the full Christian name of each woman.

6. In giving lists of married women, Mesdames may introduce the names,

though present usage prefers Mrs. before each name.

7. When mentioning a man and his wife, put it Mr. and Mrs. William

Black, not William Black and wife.

8. Do not use Master before the name of a boy.

9. Before a Rev. preceding the name of a clergyman always put a the:

as, the Rev. T. P. Frost. If the clergyman's initials are not known,

write it, the Rev. Mr. Frost, not the Rev. Frost.

=91. Names of the Months

Abbreviations of the months, except March,

April, May, June, and July, are permissible when followed by a numeral

indicating the day of the month, but not when used alone.


Richard Malone, who was injured in an

automobile collision Sept. 18, died at the county

hospital to-day.


The time of the meet has been set for a

date not later than the middle of Sept.

=92. Names of the States

Names of states, territories, and island

possessions of the United States are abbreviated when preceded by the

name of a town or city: as, Pueblo, Col.; Manila, P.I.

=93. Miscellaneous Abbreviations

The following abbreviations are also

in good usage: Esq., Inc., Jr., A.B., Ph.D., M.D., U.S.N.,

etc., when used after proper names; a.m., p.m., A.D., B.C., when

preceded by numerals.

=94. Forbidden Abbreviations

The following abbreviations may not be

used on most newspapers:

1. Christian names: as, Chas. for Charles, Thos. for Thomas.

2. Mount, Fort, and Saint: as, Mt. St. Elias for Mount Saint Elias,

Ft. Wayne for Fort Wayne.

3. Railroad, Company, Brothers, etc.: as, New Haven R. R. for New

Haven Railroad, National Biscuit Co. for National Biscuit Company.

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