I would like to know if there is a way to abbreviate "saint" in this french way. A dash is also commonly used.

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My researches are unsuccessful at this point, thanks in advance.

  • This is not a standard abbreviation and is used just for street signs, as far as I know. Did you find in other texts? – egreg Feb 26 '19 at 15:01
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    Normally, this adjective should not be abbreviated in French, except occasionally if you're lacking space. – Bernard Feb 26 '19 at 15:29
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    Leaving aside why this was 'abbreviated' in the first place (perhaps this rule is English language only, and not French) ... but in general, "St" is not an abbreviation, but a contraction for the word "Saint". This means it should not have a 'dot' at all in the first place, i.e. St Germain. Compare to "Street", which is an abbreviation, e.g.: "St George St.". The same goes with other contractions vs abbreviations, e.g. "Dr Jekyll" but "Prof. Hyde". – Tasos Papastylianou Feb 26 '19 at 16:09
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    @TasosPapastylianou No, a period on the end of "Dr" or not is not a grammatical feature. There is no "grammatically correct version." One option is correct in the UK and one is correct in the US. – Azor Ahai -him- Feb 27 '19 at 17:51
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    @TasosPapastylianou I've never seen an American omit the period in any sort of writing, in newspapers, literature, scientific, etc. Was not aware the MLA suggests not using it. – Azor Ahai -him- Feb 27 '19 at 19:57

The following should produce what you want. You can use an optional argument to specify another letter than T (e.g. t):



\saint\ Germain
\saint[t] Germain

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Just for fun:


\setmainfont{Libre Bodoni}


  \vbox to\fontcharht\font`T {%



6\frabbr*{me} Arr\frabbr{T} \\
S\frabbr{T} GERMAIN


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