19 November 2008

Why do we ...

... place periods or dots after full words in the names of some provinces? - See this headline for instance, courtesy the CBC.

I awoke this morning with this question in mind. (Funny the things we think of when half awake!)

For example, for British Columbia and Prince Edward Island, you typically see their short forms indicated like so: B.C. and P.E.I.

I stopped using the dots ages ago, thus indicating the short forms as BC and PEI. However, all official material coming out of the BC government continues to use 'B.C.'

But why? The words in these provinces' names are not themselves short forms. They're full words: British, Columbia, Prince, Edward, Island.

Most organizations don't apply periods to their acronyms or short forms. Why do we still do it with provincial names?

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