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Now we get to abbreviation. I never knew the ampersand & was coined by Marcus Tullius Tiro as the Latin word ‘et‘. My favourite abbreviation is snafu (situation normal, all f***** up) or fubar (f***** up beyond all recognition).

It’s different from initialism which is like USA and NCAA where you say the letters. I wonder if FTW and LOL and IMHO are abbreviations…

There are quite a few Abd al- entries, such as Abd al-Aziz, Abd al-Ghani, Abd al-Hafiz. In Malaysia where I’m from, it is normally spelt Abdul. I guess things are spelt differently in different countries.

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