Shortened words and phrases

Use shortened forms if they help the user understand quicker. Make sure everyone understands them.

  • Abbreviations

    Abbreviations are shortened words. They can hinder people’s understanding, so they have limited uses.

  • Acronyms and initialisms

    Acronyms and initialisms are shortened forms. They replace full names and special terms in text. Use them only if people recognise and understand them.

  • Contractions

    Contractions are shortened words. People will read and understand them depending on their context. Avoid them in formal content.

  • Latin shortened forms

    Use English rather than Latin shortened forms, except in some cases. People will prefer the English equivalent unless the context requires special use.