In a message dated 17/12/02 10:57:31 pm, Xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx@xxx.xxx writes:
<< There is indeed a U.S. / U.K. distinction, as I outlined earlier.
Case in point: A very recent Rand McNally Road Atlas of the United States,
printed in the United States, shows the period after all "saint" names, e.g.
"St. Louis." An equally recent AA Road Atlas of Great Britain, printed
there, omits all of the same, e.g. "St Andrews." (Note that end-quote
placement with periods and commas also differs U.S. / U.K.)
Pick up any U.K. daily newspaper, and one will see Mr (no period); pick up
any U.S. daily newspaper, and one will see Mr. (with the period).
Yes, indeed. It has been standard practice in Britain for some time now to
omit the full stop after abbreviations where the final letter of the
abbreviation is the final letter of the full word. Mr, Mrs, St, etc would
therefore all attract no full stop.