Meaning of abbr. "app.", encountered in word usage articles.

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Meaning of abbr. "app.", encountered in word usage articles.

Post by cameron2776 » Mon Jul 03, 2017 7:45 pm

As I study the etymology of a word, I usually peruse the section of earliest known usage---wherein my question originates. Despite my independent efforts, I can not find a reliable explanation of the abbreviation "app." I encounter this abbreviation, usually, in the introduction of a usage example. I'm sure many of you will find this an elementary question, hence my independent efforts to discover its meaning; yet, I am at that impasse when one must expose ignorance in exchange for assistance. Thank you kindly.
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Re: Meaning of abbr. "app.", encountered in word usage articles.

Post by Erik_Kowal » Mon Jul 03, 2017 8:01 pm

I'm fairly confident that it stands for 'apparently'.

Just to be sure, could you quote a typical example of the usage you've found plus a note of the source?

To eliminate the obvious: have you checked the dictionary's list of abbreviations (which is typically printed either inside the front or back cover or on one of the pages preceding the alphabetical entries)?
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Re: Meaning of abbr. "app.", encountered in word usage articles.

Post by Bobinwales » Mon Jul 03, 2017 9:37 pm

I have always assumed "Application".
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Re: Meaning of abbr. "app.", encountered in word usage articles.

Post by tony h » Mon Jul 03, 2017 9:45 pm

Cameron, thank you for your post it has lead me back to the world of abbreviations lol. (Sorry I had to do that.)

I agree with Erik but it is worth noting that App. and app. are not the same.

Here is a link to the Oxford abbreviations http://public.oed.com/how-to-use-the-oed/abbreviations/
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Re: Meaning of abbr. "app.", encountered in word usage articles.

Post by Bobinwales » Tue Jul 04, 2017 7:39 pm

Well, blow me down with an appalling appam!
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Re: Meaning of abbr. "app.", encountered in word usage articles.

Post by Erik_Kowal » Wed Jul 05, 2017 3:19 am

Is that some kind of bagpipes? I take the terms 'blow' and 'appalling' to be a significant clue.
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Post by Bobinwales » Wed Jul 05, 2017 3:02 pm

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