What's the abbreviation for "elder" in American English?


I know that "Jackson jr." means Jackson the junior, but what about Jackson the elder? How do they abbreviate "elder" in American English?


Posted 2013-05-25T04:09:17.897

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2We say "Jackson junior" or "the junior Jackson" but not "Jackson the junior". And colloquially, "junior" and "senior" are relatively rare, except when someone is citing a full name, "Joe Jackson junior"; more often you will hear "young" or "old Jackson", or "the younger" or "the older/elder Jackson". – StoneyB on hiatus – 2013-05-25T12:56:56.710



They don't, because the word used is "senior", not "elder". ("Senior" is abbreviated "Sr.")

When referring to relatives, "elder" is most often used for siblings. In this context, its opposite is "younger". Since these are comparative terms rather than labels, there is not generally a need to abbreviate them.


Posted 2013-05-25T04:09:17.897

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1+1 But children are also (or were once) instructed to behave respectfully toward their "elders", which in this case means adults, people of their parents' generation. – StoneyB on hiatus – 2013-05-25T11:01:18.430

Agree with StoneyB. "Your elders" is used to refer to ANYONE older than you - usually significantly. My parents always told me to call unknown adults by Mr. and Ms. because we should "respect our elders." However....I don't use it for siblings at all, except in a joking way. "I'm your elder, you have to listen to me, nah nah nah." – Harukogirl – 2017-02-17T07:10:45.707