I'm confused about what to abbreviate. "Mister," "Missus," yes. Abbreviate them when they're salutations (Mr. Green, Mrs. Scarlet) but not when they aren't ("Hey, mr., you dropped a quarter" is rather silly). But I recently came across "vs." in a novel. This wasn't referring to a title (Godzilla vs. Mothra) or anything. It was just regular wording. I think it was even in narration. And by a (perhaps arguably) tier-two writer, John G. Jones, the guy who wrote The Amityville Horror (he's not a New York Times bestseller, but he's got a few books under his belt). The sentence was "Battlin' Anne Cunningham vs. a representative from the Psychical Investigations League, one on one." Spoken dialog. Are we supposed to abbreviate in this case? Are we even supposed to abbreviate "versus"? This throws off my whole assumptions about abbreviations. What exactly are we supposed to abbreviate? Doctor, colonel...? In dialog, not in dialog, in salutations, not in salutations? Tell me I'm not off my rocker. Thanks.