Posted by Smokey Stoaver on January 13, 2004
In Reply to: Some obscure abbreviations posted by ESC on January 13, 2004
: : : I have some abbreviations. The context is either grammer or Biblical only. I tried to look for clues or solutions but to no avail.
: : : I will be very grateful to any answer.
: : : ptc.
: : : Vrss. rd.
: : : inf. cstr. vb. I guess inf - is infinitive and vb. is verb. what is cstr.?
: : : Thank you very much
: : Yes, they do seem to be very obscure. I've checked several dictionaries and only 'inf = informal' matches any of your examples. 'Verb' is usually denoted as 'v,' so I don't think 'vb' = 'verb.' Could you provide some examples of the abbreviations in context?
: A guess: I think they might relate to linguistics/grammar. In the "Dictionary of American Regional English," the list of abbreviations includes inf. = informant and constr(s) = construct(ed), construction(s), construed. I don't see the other abbreviations.
I heartily agree with the motion for context. But lacking that, I'm all in favor of Very reverend sirs for Vrss.