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Why I've created this page[edit]

Looking at Wikipedia:Disambiguation pages with links, Na was listed as having 505 incoming links. Looking at these, the majority were from N/A or n/a, linked from tables in miscellaneous WP pages. Rather than unlink all of those, and unlink them again when created in another set of pages, it seemed more sensible to create this page, so that people can find out what "N/A" means without being referred to the whole Na page, and to reduce the number of "links to dab pages" pointing to that page.

"N/A" is shown on Na as having one other sense, so I've included that too.

So I hope no-one will propose deleting this page because "WP is not a dictionary", or because it's not a properly formatted dab page. Editors are inevitably going to continue to add "N/A" to tables and "helpfully" link it - this page offers a more sensible target for those links.

There are now fewer than 100 pages linking to Na, and they all seem to be either talk pages or lists of acronyms etc. PamD (talk) 11:51, 18 September 2008 (UTC)

I've now come back to the page while stub-sorting, as it's been automatically tagged as a stub because it's short. I've tagged it as a {{dab}}, in a slightly WP:IAR way, to prevent it being re-tagged as a stub. It's useful, please let it exist! PamD (talk) 13:06, 8 October 2008 (UTC)

Vandalism[edit]

Looks like everything is cleared up! I think too many people tried to revert at once... --Nidht (talk) 22:56, 13 November 2008 (UTC)

Not "Neurotics Anonymous"[edit]

The info re Neurotics Anonymous has been removed, as it seems to conflict with what they use on their own website, which is "NA" (without the slash). See http://www.neuroticosanonimosusa.com/neurotics.html . --Kentmoraga (talk) 21:30, 8 February 2010 (UTC)

On their main page, their logo uses the N/A[1]. You will also want to check the references here. -- Scarpy (talk) 20:58, 9 February 2010 (UTC)

Directions for expansion[edit]

Here are two questions that can be answered to significantly expand the coverage of this page:

  1. How and when did the modern use of "n/a" originate?
  2. What other initialisms or terms have been used historically, and in other languages, to convey the same meaning?

Cheers! bd2412 T 04:59, 8 March 2011 (UTC)

oops ![edit]

While "n/a" or "N/A" may be a *common abbreviation for "Not Applicable", etc., it's an incorrect abbreviation. The reason is that the "/", which is called a virgule, represents - in this case - the word "or", as an ampersand [&] represents the word "and", so that "n/a" is actually read as "n or a". A correct abbreviation for "Not Applicable" is either "N.A." or "NA". — Preceding unsigned comment added by Oldprof39 (talkcontribs) 14:08, 8 August 2013 (UTC)

Non Assumpsit[edit]

There is a very important legal usage of the term n/a which is Non Assumpsit which could perhaps be considered for inclusion on the main page by whoever has access. The meaning is as follows - "The general issue in the action of assumpsit; being a plea by which the defendant avers that “he did not undertake” or promise as alleged." which effectively means "I did not contract with you" - source http://thelawdictionary.org/non-assumpsit — Preceding unsigned comment added by 5.65.17.79 (talk) 22:15, 28 December 2013 (UTC)