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Re(1): Pet Peeves

I agree. Some setters will probably claim that it's up to them where to place the extra letter, but it does strike me as rather nonsensical to invent a container that doesn't exist, a sort of virtual container. And, as John says, we don't see two-letter abbreviations or words providing an extra letter artificially reversed.

John has already touched on another peeve of mine, which is the use of two-letter abbreviations to indicate one actual letter and one extra letter.
Perhaps not technically wrong, but inelegant and uninteresting.

To forestall accusations of inconsistency or hypocrisy, I may have committed both these 'sins' in the past, but I'm rather more particular now.


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