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  1. rhsexton

    rhsexton Member

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    street names

    Discussion in 'Word Mechanics' started by rhsexton, Jun 23, 2010.

    Not sure if this belongs here or somewhere else. Since punctuation is a part of it, I'll start here.

    Here's a sentence that my question refers to:

    It was on the northwest corner of UTA Blvd. and College St.

    Is this correct or should I spell out boulevard and street?
     
  2. Sonata

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    I would write out the full words, but I even do that when writing addresses on envelopes because I hate these abbreviations. Like how Hertfordshire is shortened to Herts. It's a lovely word, don't disrespect it with lazy abbreviations! :(
     
  3. Helvetica

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    Yes, it's best not to use abbreviations. Abbreviations can pull the reader out of the story. The only exception I can think of is if one of your character's is literally reading an address:

    Susan looked at the envelope, and reading "124 Marlene St.", knew that she was headed in the right direction.
     
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    ditto the last comment...
     
  5. Gigi_GNR

    Gigi_GNR Guys, come on. WAFFLE-O. Contributor

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    I don't really see anything wrong with putting abbreviations.
     
  6. Helvetica

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    If you could show me an example in a professionally published piece, I could accept that. I've never seen it in a fictional story.
     
  7. Cogito

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    In my Little, Brown Handbook, Fourth Edition, Section 45f (45 is Abbreviations), it says:
    Among the examples:
    However, The Scott Foresman Handbook for Writers (1988, pg 518) does say:
    and
    So it appears it is acceptable to abbreviate street and boulevard jn your example. Nevertheless, I flipped through several mystery novels by different authors (lots of addresses there), and most of the time, addresses were fully spelled out.
     

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