And so, for works not on their very short list, MLA says that "you may use the abbreviations you find in your sources, or you may devise simple, unambiguous abbreviations of your own:' You see the problem here.
A UK audit by the paediatric department at Birmingham Heartlands Hospital, published in the Archives of Disease in Childhood in November, found instances where abbreviations used had caused confusion because they had multiple interpretations.
Maximum extreme limit leg support height under chair seat abbreviation MLSu can be calculated for minimum and maximum chair height according to formulas (9 and 10) as difference between chair seat height and anthropometric parameter popliteal height of thigh--below knee in sitting position height fossa poplitea (b [left and right arrow] pop).
Abbreviations like SC (Supreme Court) or Cong (Congress), 123 (the US civilian nuclear deal) are commonly scattered in headlines, mentioned in such a matter-of-fact way that one can feel almost embarrassed for asking colleagues their meaning.
The latest findings show that one in five (20 per cent) motorists can't correctly identify any of the most common motoring abbreviations - almost half (49 per cent) find FSH (full service history) meaningless and 24 per cent fail to identify the true meaning of ABS (anti-lock braking system).