History of the abbreviation R.I.P.
February 23, 2005 1:01 PM Subscribe
The abbreviation R.I.P. stands for the Latin "Reqiescat in Pace." I'm trying to get past the insensitivity of not bothering to spell out the epitaph on someone's tombstone and instead concentrate on understanding why and how this convention originated.
posted by Jeff Howard to Writing & Language (25 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Google has plenty of explanations for what RIP means, but few for why it's abbreviated (seriously is it that much less expensive), or more importantly how it originated.