Doctor, Doctor, what's the correct abbreviation for doctor!?!
August 29, 2006 11:52 PM Subscribe
InaneQuestionFilter: When you abbreviate doctor, does it get a full-stop? ie. should it be Dr or Dr.?
posted by ranglin to Writing & Language (21 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I know this seems like a silly question, but I can't seem to find a consistent answer, either among the people I work with (mainly academics) or online (maybe I don't know what to search for).
From what I remember in high school english class, an abbreviation only gets a full-stop when the last letter of the abbreviation is not the last letter of the word. So, prof. gets a full-stop, but Jr doesn't.
However, this doesn't seem to apply to titles. People seem to continually write doctor with a full-stop. Mister is even worse, even though 'Mr' ends in the 'r', everyone writes it with a full-stop.
So, what's the official word? 'Dr' with or without a full-stop (I'd like to get my e-mail sig right!)?