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(1) I much prefer the periods. We dealing with abbreviated words.

I know they're abbreviated, but they've also become--to me, at least--somewhat like words themselves. In a way I realize that doesn't make sense, because I don't use them as I would an acronym and pronounce them as words. I say 'ee gee', not 'egg' , 'yew ess' and not 'US', 'emm dee' and not 'MUD'. But except for 'United States' we always use the abbreviation, and I enjoy the clean look of MD, ie, eg, etc. It's almost a visceral sensation of pleasure vs. clutter. I actually don't object nearly as much to 'U.S.' with the periods, I guess because it's also often spelled out.

(2) I encounter this all the time. Maybe once a week or so. (Sometimes more if I'm grading a stack of papers). Secretaries writing emails, memos and committee minutes do it, although they're not the only ones!

So it's a work context for you, obviously a teacher. As a science/medical/health care writer, the literature and people I typically deal with know their eg's from their ie's.

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