It’s sometimes said that life is dominated by competition, but how do you abbreviate “versus”? This essay will examine how to shorten “versus”, and it does change depending on the context.
Is it “vs.” or “vs”?
Some of you may have noticed that some people write “vs,” and others prefer to write it as “vs.” in casual documents. There isn’t really an official difference between the two, but there is sometimes a cultural difference. The USA tends to prefer “vs.”. However, in the UK, there is more of a split. But, no matter where you’re from, whether or not you include the dot doesn’t make much difference.
Other variations include v., v.s, and v.s.
“vs.” and “vs” are for casual events, such as sports. They are interchangeable.
“v.” is for legal documents.
“v.s” or “v.s.” stands for “Vide Supra”, meaning “see above”.
How to use v.
The first example of the kind of place where “versus” is often shortened is legal documents. These documents come about as a result of two people going to a high court and delivering a verdict based upon what the law has to say.
In said documents it is shortened to “v.”, usually pronounced as “Vee”. The most common example that people will know of is the court case of “Roe v. Wade”. Usually, people will call it “Roe vee wade” and not “Roe versus Wade”.
Although “Roe v Wade” is the most common example, many court cases which include two entities involve documents that use the “v.” abbreviation of “versus”.
How to use vs
Secondly, we have both “vs.” and “vs”. It doesn’t really make much difference whether or not you include the dot at the end. So long as you ensure not to have it in the middle.
This abbreviation of “vs” should be used for casual events or documents. For example, if I’m talking about a sports game, I might decide to say, “It’s the Packers vs the Yankees”. Or, if I’m writing an article, I might call it “Burgers vs Hot dogs: Which is the best BBQ snack?”.
How to use v.s
And finally, we have “v.s”. The key difference between “vs” and “v.s” is that the latter has a dot between the “v” and the “s”. Unlike our previous two examples, “v.s” is not an abbreviation for “versus”, but an abbreviation of “Vide Supra”, which is the Latin way of saying “see above”.
Let’s say I have a book about plants; I might say, “For information on blue plants, v.s. 45”. What I am saying is that if you wish to learn more about Blue Plants, you will need to turn to page 45.
This abbreviation was common in the 19th century but has since fallen out of fashion.
4 examples of “v.”
McCulloch v. Marland
Allowed Congress to establish a national bank.
Gibbons v. Ogden
Allowed the federal government to regulate commerce .States could not overturn federal commerce regulations.
Dred Scott v. Sandford
A long overturned court case stated African Americans did not have the same rights as white Americans.
Brown v. Board of Education
Prevented schools from segregating based upon race.
3 examples of “vs”
“Kings VS Losers: Mark Jones criticized the full-on approach of Big Tech efforts monitor any discussions about coronavirus, calling it “Evil.””
“Sam Cosmi vs. Patriots“
“The new study on vaccine hesitancy vs education level by Oxford University proves the common meme to be correct.”
3 examples of “v.s”
“For Tom Smith’s Story, v.s. 10 Stories of How to Live a Good life””
“V.S 1 to learn about the family unit (If everyone 18 or over are related)
“For more information on King Henry VII, v.s 22”.
Why do we have v, vs, and v.s?
Some of you may be wondering why we have two different abbreviations for the same word. Why can’t we use “vs” in legal documents or “v.” in casual documents?
“v.” is the formal abbreviation. This should be used in situations where using the correct formalities is essential. Most commonly in laws and court cases.
“vs” is to show that you’re not talking about a legal document.
And “v.s” have the dot in the middle because “vide” and “supre” and two different words.
And there we have the differences between “vs”, “v.” and “v.s”. Unless you happen to work in law, the most common one you’re likely to see is “vs”.
But knowing when to use the other two might be helpful should you ever read a 19th-century document or you need to go to court.
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