Sunday, May 11, 2014

WV or W.Va. -- which is the correct form of abbreviation for West Virginia?

For many years, "W.Va." was the acceptable form of the abbreviation for West Virginia. The abbreviation could hardly be confused with that of anything else. Thanks to the prevalence of coding systems, however, the form "WV" has entered into widespread use throughout the U.S. Still, authorities on American English have not come to accept the latter abbreviation. What is the correct abbreviation for West Virginia? The authors at West Virginia Explorer have answered the question as best as it might be answered. It all depends, they say: WV or W.Va. -- abbreviations for wonderful West Virginia