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31 May 2011

Avoiding Abbreviations

Use abbreviations sparingly. Does "w/o James Rampley" mean "wife of James Rampley" or "without James Rampley?" Of course on a cemetery transcription site, what it means is obvious. But remember, what is one person's "obvious" is someone else's "huh?"

Abbreviations can easily confuse--use them with care. Avoid them if at all possible.

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