abbreviation

The use of abbreviations, both to spare the scribe the labor of writing words that, because of their frequency generally or in a particular text, could easily be understood in an abbreviated form and to save parchment or paper and ink, is a characteristic feature of ancient and most medieval vernacular manuscript traditions and early printed books. As an aid to the reader it is common in all but the strictest diplomatic transcriptions to expand abbreviations (Driscoll 2006, 257).

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