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You are reading aloud and you encounter the abbreviation viz. According to the OED, what word should you say in its place?




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Answer: namely

The abbreviation viz. abbreviates the Latin videlicet, namely. The Latin word was coined by contracting the phrase videre licet, it is permissible to see. The terminating z was not originally a letter — it was a twirl used as shorthand for the ending -et.

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