We abbreviate things to speed our ability to communicate. This has been prevalent in human written language since 1,000 BC with the Greek alphabet. If you think back to Ancient Egypt drawings have been used for similar purposes. Today young people have reverted to doing the same with emojis. Some youngsters pride themselves on never using a single letter in their texts to their friends. Way to think like an Egyptian guys! We have shortened surnames (Mr., Mrs., Ms., etc.) in this way too. Surnames are also one of the most commonly used abbreviations. Map locations and weather charts are filled with them too. Acronyms have been front and center for the last twenty years. Acronyms are formed by associating a word with each letter in the acronym itself. You might have come across the acronyms: YOLO (You only live once) or FOMO (fear of missing out). Teach your students common abbreviations with this collection of worksheets, which cover addresses, state names, recipes, everyday expressions, formal forms of address and professional titles, and more. Abbreviations help streamline information for both writers and readers, but you must use them correctly in order to keep your writing clear. For example, many writers think the abbreviations "i.e." and "e.g." are interchangeable, when they mean different things and have very specific uses.
Fun Fact: The ampersand (&) was originally designed by combining the letters "E," and "t," and was used in "&c" as an abbreviation for the Latin "et cetera" (and the rest). Today the ampersand represents the word "and". There are thousands of big business brands that incorporate the use of the ampersand in their name. Where would Ben & Jerry be without it?