My spell-checker doesn't like M.D.s


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My spell-checker doesn't like M.D.s

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Muokkaaja: toukokuu 18, 2014, 3:40 pm

NeoOffice stopped me at the use of "M.D.s" for medical doctors. I don't know if it wants a space after the periods, first of second, if it doesn't like the plural form, or it doesn't like ending a sentence with M.D.s as in "I consulted all the M.D.s."

Any comments on the usage of "M.D." in the plural, wherever it happens to be in the sentence?

ETA: On a computer, on a word processor, on the internet, on LibraryThing, do you prefer a space after the initial? "M.D." or "M. D." What about "T.S. Eliot" or "T. S. Eliot." In print, I'm used to the space. I prefer the space. That's what I was taught. But onscreen, I don't know. Many people dislike the space.

Muokkaaja: toukokuu 18, 2014, 6:35 pm

Hmmm . . .

For me, T. S. Eliot (or J. R. R. Tolkien, or George R. R. Martin) should always -- in print or online -- be initial-period-space (repeat as necessary).

For abbreviations other than given names . . . including abbreviations for degrees or the names of countries . . . I tend to write them without periods or spaces, unless the style sheet for the publication/press/website insists on them. It's always felt less visually fussy to me.


"W. T. Hatch worked at the UN by day, spent his evenings writing a PhD thesis on the development of ICBMs by the US and USSR, and played golf on weekends with an MD from Brooklyn and two ADAs from Manhattan."