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"Swear words and profanities are mere abbreviations of speech, similar to the abbreviations in writing." - Franz Grillparzer

"Artistic accounts involve severe abbreviations of what reality will force upon us." - Alain De Botton

"Know the official post office abbreviations for all 50 states without having to consult a list." - Marilyn Vos Savant

"Law Number IX: Acronyms and abbreviations should be used to the maximum extent possible to make trivial ideas profound ... Q.E.D." - Norman Ralph Augustine

"He (the Professor) was a failure but did his best to hid it. One of his failings was that he could barely write, except in a twelfth century hand, in Latin, with abbreviations." - T. H. White

"The abbreviations (e.g. NATO, UN, USSR - E.W.) denote that and only that which is institutionalized in such a way that the transcending connotation is cut off. The meaning is fixed, doctored, loaded. Once it has become an official vocable, constantly repeated in general usage, "sanctioned" by the intellectuals, it has lost all cognitive value and serves merely for recognition of an unquestionable fact." - Herbert Marcuse

"I knew chemistry would be worse, because I'd seen a big card of the ninety-odd elements hung up in the chemistry lab, and all the perfectly good words like gold and silver and cobalt and aluminum were shortened to ugly abbreviations with different decimal numbers after them." - Sylvia Plath

"When people complain of the decay of manners they have in mind not the impudent abbreviations of the crowd, but the decline in bowing and scraping and in speaking of one's employer as "the master." What the rich mean by the good manners of the poor is usually not civility, but servility." - Robert Wilson Lynd



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