AbbreviationsThe AppleScript English dialect is designed to be intuitive and easy to understand. To this end, AppleScript English uses familiar words to represent objects and commands and uses statements whose structure is similar to English sentences. For the same reason, it typically uses real words instead of abbreviations. In a few cases, however, AppleScript supports abbreviations for long and frequently used words.
One important example is the abbreviation
app, which you can use to refer to objects of class application. This is particularly useful in Tell statements. For example, the following two Tell statements are equivalent:
tell application "Scriptable Text Editor" print the front window end tell tell app "Scriptable Text Editor" print the front window end tell