Sept. 14but beautiful September day
Oct.19, 1993but in October 1993
Names of countries are usually not abbreviated, although there are some exceptions.
United States is abbreviated when it modifies a noun:
Romanian President Visits the United States This Week
He served in theU.S. Army.
- the days of the week, given names, points of the compass in city names, parts of
city names or city names must not be abbreviated:
Monday or Tuesday, never Mon. or Tues.
East St. Louis, never E. St. Louis
Los Angels, never L.A.
The following words must not be abbreviated:
assistant, associate, association, attorney or attorney general, assemblyman,
department professor; orXmasfor Christma s
Mr. and Mrs. must be abbreviated and capitalized before names: Mr.Johnson
military titlesand titles of policeand fire officials must be abbreviated before
Sgt. Tom Williams
retired Army Gen. John Look
firedCapt. Johnny Thomson
detective Lt. Mary Williams
Navy Capt. Steve Clark
- the wordpresident is never abbreviated:
Formerpresident William Jefferson Clinton
President Vladimir Putin
World War Ior World War II must not be abbreviated. (Note that the numbers are
Roman numerals, not Arabic figures).
- as a general rule, there are capitalized bothdistingu ishing andnon-distinguishing
words in the names of places and things: