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