1. Jeff Countryman
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    Character is known as A.J. but with the periods or not??

    Discussion in 'Word Mechanics' started by Jeff Countryman, Feb 6, 2016.

    One of my characters is originally known by his nickname (only for introduction) then known as AJ. Would I write that in my final publishable draft as AJ or A.J. ?? No one ever uses any other name....just the initials A.J.

    Examples:
    TJ Smith instead of "Terrance John"
    JB Walton instead of "John-Boy"
    AJ Stapleton instead of "Andrew James"

    "Hi TJ, how are you doing today?" Frank asked.....versus......."Hi T.J., how are you doing today?" Frank asked.

    Which way is correct - with or without the period after the initials?
     
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    I would say no periods for nicknames, yes for formal abbreviations such as in a letterhead or if you are describing a business card. But the only thing that matters is being consistent.

    You might also consider a space between the letters. JR might be clear because the R is capitalized, but J R is clearly not pronounced Junior.
     
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    No periods. If you need to change it, its an easy "find and replace"
     
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    Hate to go against the grain, but I once got feedback on a manuscript from a professional editor on this very issue, and she said periods with a space between the letters. So "A. J."
     

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