The Difference Between Truncation and Abbreviation Explained

Truncation and abbreviation are two types of shortened words or phrases. Learn more about their differences and how they are used.

The Difference Between Truncation and Abbreviation Explained

An abbreviation is a shortened version of a word or phrase. Truncation is a type of abbreviation that only includes the first part of a word. It is commonly used when referring to titles, such as months of the year or days of the week, for example, in AMe, both truncations and contractions take a point (for example, a truncation is a term formed from a single word by shortening it). Acronyms are another type of abbreviation that form a word using the initial parts or first letters of a name.

Examples include ABBA (a Swedish pop group formed in Stockholm in 1972 by Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad), ADIDAS (All Day I Dream of Shoes) and FEAR (Forget Everything and Run or Face Everything and Get Up).To truncate means to shorten something by removing part of it. It can involve the removal of the beginning, end, top, or other part of it. In poetry, truncation refers to the practice of omitting syllables at the beginning or end of a line. Truncation may also be used in politics, when a recall campaign period is shortened to give an advantage to one candidate.

In scientific and medical contexts, truncation often involves cutting a part of something parallel to its base (or perpendicular to its side). In banking, truncation is used to refer to a simplified electronic check registration system in which the bank does not return canceled checks to customers. Truncations omit the end of a word (and sometimes other letters as well), while contractions omit the middle letters. For example, 2 +2% 3D4 is always true if you truncate it.

Truncation can also be used as an adjective to describe something (like a leaf or a feather) with the square end as if it had been cut off at the tip.It is important to understand the difference between truncation and abbreviation in order to use them correctly. Abbreviations are shortened versions of words or phrases while truncations are shortened versions of words that only include the first part. Truncation can involve the removal of the beginning, end, top, or other part of something while contractions omit the middle letters.

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