No, don't scream, it's nothing to do with the Jesus bebate on the List
of late. I'd like to get comments on the correct abbreviation of the
title "Reverend". According to 'Hart's Rules for Compositors and Readers'
(albeit a 1978 edition) "Reverend" should be abbreviated to "Revd" but
NOT "Rev" (ignore the merits of the inclusion or not of the period at
the end - we've gone through all that not too long ago!). At first I
thought that "Rev" might be associated more with Catholisism here in
Ireland, but this form of the abbreviation is widely used among non-
Catholic clergy such as Church of Ireland, Methodist and Presbyterians.
In fact, the abbreviation "Revd" is, contrary to Hart's rule-book
(rule book, Rule-Book, Rule Book...???) becoming quite the exception
Any thoughts or comments? Has the old rule changed? Does it matter which
is used if the rule hasn't changed? - Are we witnessing, through sheer
usuage and contrary to the "rule" the birth of a new "standard"?
University College, Cork, Ireland.
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