Semantics - 'WW2', or 'WWII' ?

Discussion in 'Historiography' started by von Poop, May 1, 2010.

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Which abbreviation do you use?

  1. WW2

    2.0%
  2. WWII

    62.2%
  3. Either

    35.7%
  1. Za Rodinu

    Za Rodinu Hot air manufacturer

    Ah, yes, that's what it means in creole :lol:
     
  2. A-58

    A-58 Not so senior Member

    Ah yes, it's easier than you think. Just throw in a loud "aaaaeeeeeeeeeee" when drinking beer and you'll fit right in.

    And in keeping with the original theme of the thread, they (the Cajuns) called WW2 "la guerre grosse" (the big war).
     
  3. Formerjughead

    Formerjughead Senior Member

    when typing: WW2, when writing with pen and paper: WWII
     
  4. rachel-E

    rachel-E Senior Member

    I usually use WW2 but i actually prefer the look of WWII.. It looks more authentic ;o)
     
  5. azza

    azza Member

    I always tend to use WW2. Haven't really thought about it too much to tell you the truth. WW1 was always called the great war and only got the name WW1 when WW2 came and went.... Thats what I thought anyway
     
  6. Jan7

    Jan7 Senior Member

    I use either, but I test that in more ocassions, that the use of WWII, Google will find in more ocassions european pages, WW2 will habitually find USA pages.




    Jan.
     
  7. WotNoChad?

    WotNoChad? Senior Member

    I have always wondered why it wasn't 2WW or 1WW since that is the way I tend to speak of them more than WW2.


    Interesting point which I can't explain, but I'd also add how at some point what was more commonly called "The Great War" became WWI.
     
  8. PsyWar.Org

    PsyWar.Org Archive monkey

    Normally Second World War but if abbreviated then it's "WWII" for me in a bold Garamond typeface... :)

    WWII
     
  9. Ron Goldstein

    Ron Goldstein WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran Patron

    GOGGLE produced the following:

    ww2 14,200,000
    wwII 18.600,000
    ww two 33,400,000
    world war two 173, 000, 000

    I know there are many more variations but breakfast calls :)
     
  10. PsyWar.Org

    PsyWar.Org Archive monkey

    GOGGLE produced the following:

    ww2 14,200,000
    wwII 18.600,000
    ww two 33,400,000
    world war two 173, 000, 000

    I know there are many more variations but breakfast calls :)

    Ron yes, but, ah, that's cheating because a search on world war two finds any page containing those words in any order or position.

    To find the exact phrase it needs to be placed in quotes thusly "world war two", that returns three million hits.

    Edited to add "Second World War" returns over 12 million hits on Google.

    Lee
     
  11. Ron Goldstein

    Ron Goldstein WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran Patron

    Lee

    Serve's me right for playing around before my breakfast :)

    As usual , you are 100% correct in your assumption and putting everything in quotes is what needs to be done to confine the search to specific areas.

    Best regards

    Ron
     
  12. PsyWar.Org

    PsyWar.Org Archive monkey

    Thanks to Google's fab new tool we can be scientific about it...
    ...and the winner is:
    Google Labs - Books Ngram Viewer

    And I can bet what the next few words you'll going to try are ;-)
    Lee
     
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  13. PBI_1944

    PBI_1944 Member

    Of the Second World War (the phrase I choose to use, in lieu of WW2 or WWII) American veterans I have interviewed, the term they use is "War two", they dont say World or Second, just 'War two' so 'W2' is possible.
     
  14. Suribachi

    Suribachi Junior Member

    Either is fine by me.
     
  15. Suribachi

    Suribachi Junior Member

    Of the Second World War (the phrase I choose to use, in lieu of WW2 or WWII) American veterans I have interviewed, the term they use is "War two", they dont say World or Second, just 'War two' so 'W2' is possible.

    Isn't that in London?
     
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  16. Adz

    Adz Junior Member

    WW2 for me ;).
     
  17. gunbunnyB/3/75FA

    gunbunnyB/3/75FA Senior Member

    i generally use WWII when i write it or type but second world war when i say it
     
  18. Philip Reinders

    Philip Reinders Very Senior Member

    WWII I use most of the time
     
  19. Drayton

    Drayton Senior Member

    What's wrong with Great Patriotic War?

    Nothing - if you happen to be a Sovietophile, and always add "(1941-45)" to press the point.
     
  20. Dave55

    Dave55 Atlanta, USA Patron

    Of the Second World War (the phrase I choose to use, in lieu of WW2 or WWII) American veterans I have interviewed, the term they use is "War two", they dont say World or Second, just 'War two' so 'W2' is possible.

    I'm trying to think of a polite way to say that I'm skeptical of that one.

    Im an amateur but fairly serious WWII buff and I've never heard or read that phrase. And all the men in my family and neighborhood were WWII or Korean vets when I was growing up in the 1950s in America.

    Dave
     

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