English abbreviations and acronyms

Symbol Meaning 

404 I don"t know 
A3 Anytime, Anyplace, Anywhere 
AAK Alive and Kicking 
AAP Always a Pleasure 
AAR At Any Rate 
AFAIK As Far As I Know 
AFK Away from Keyboard 
AOTA All Of The Above 
ATM At The Moment 
AWHFY Are We Having Fun Yet?
AYPI And Your Point Is?
B4 Before
B4N Bye For Now 
BBL Be Back Later
BBIAF Be Back in a Few
BCNU Be Seein" You
BEG Big Evil Grin
BFN Bye For Now
BG Big Grin
BIF Basic In Fact
BRB Be Right Back
BTDT Been There Done That 
BTW By The Way 
CLM Career Limiting Move

CM Call Me 
CR8 Create
CU See You 
CUL8R See You Later
DIKU? Do I Know You? 
DQMOT Don"t Quote Me On This 
DUR? Do You Remember?
F2F Face To Face

FUD (Spreading) Fear, Uncertainty, and Disinformation
FWIW For What It"s Worth

FYA For Your Amusement
FYI For Your Information 
GA Go Ahead 

GAL Get A Life

GMTA Great Minds Think Alike
GSOH Good Sense of Humour

HTH Hope This(That) Helps

IAE In Any Event
IC I See 
ICWUM I See What You Mean
IM Instant Message 
IMO In My Opinion
IMHO In My Humble Opinion
IMNSHO In My Not So Humble Opinion 
IOW In Other Words
IRL In Real Life
J4F Just For Fun
JK Just Kidding

KISS Keep it Short and Simple 
L8R Later
LOL Laughing Out Loud / Lots of Love 
LTNS Long Time No See
MOF Male or Female
MHOTY My Hat"s Off To You
MOTD Message Of The Day

MTFBWU May The Force Be With You

NBIF No Basis In Fact
NFC No Further Comment
NP No Problem 
NRN No Reply Necessary

OBO Or Best Offer
OBTW Oh, By The Way

OIC Oh, I see
OOTB Out Of The Box / Out of the Blue

OTOH On the Other Hand
OTT Over the Top
PC Politically Correct 
pdq pretty damn quick
PM Private Message 

POV Point Of View

Pardon Me For Jumping In

ROTFL Rolling On The Floor Laughing
RTM Read The Manual
SITD Still In The Dark = Still don"t understand
SMTOE Sets My Teeth On Edge = annoys you a lot 
SNAFU Situation normal all effed up
T+ Think Positive
TAF That"s All Folks 
TAFN That"s All For Now

TIA Thanks In Advance
TIC Tongue In Cheek = say something that appears to be serious, but isn"t 
TGIF Thank goodness it"s Friday
TLC Tender Loving Care
TM2T Too Much To Type
TTFN Ta Ta For Now
T2UL Talk To You Later
TTTT To Tell The Truth
TU Thank You 
TUVM Thank You Very Much 
TX Thanks
unPC unPolitically Correct

WB Welcome Back
WEG Wicked Evil Grin
WRT With respect to

WTG Way To Go!
WUF? Where are You From? 
X! Typical Woman

Y! Typical Man
ZZZZ Sleeping / Bored

AGM annual general meeting

aka also known as 
aob any other business 
approx. approximately 
asap as soon as possible 
asst. assortment
b/c because 
BTW by the way 
c. or ca. circa, about c.1800 
C19 nineteenth century 
cd. could 
CEO chief executive officer
cf. compare this with... 
Ch. chapter 

c/o care of 
cob close of business 
compl. complete
corp. corporation
CRM customer relationship management
CSR corporate social responsibility
ct. contrast 
ctrl. control
CV curriclum vitae
dept. department
devt. development 
diff. difference

diy do it yourself 
edn. edition 
educ. education

e.g. exempli gratia (for example)
encl. enclosed

EOB end of business 
EOM end of message

esp. especially 

ETA estimated time of arrival 
et al. et alii (and everyone else)

etc. etcetera (and so forth)
FAQ(s) frequently asked question(s) 
fifo first in first out 
filo first in last out 
fwd forwarded
FYA for your attention

FYI for your information 
gigo garbage in garbage out 

GMT Greenwich Mean Time 
Govt. Government
HQ headquarters
hr. hour
HR Human Resources 
ht. height

i.e. id est (that is, that means)
impt. important 
info. information 
ISBN international standard book number

JIT Just In Time 
lifo last in first out 
lilo last in last out 
ltd limited
MD managing director
movt. movement

MPH miles per hour 

NB nota bene (important, notice this) 
no(s) number(s)
p. page
pp. paginae (pages)

para. paragraph 
pc(s) piece(s)
PLC public limited company

pls. please 

ppl. people 
PR public relations


PTO please turn over 
qtr. quarter
R&D research and development 
re. res (with reference to / regarding)
rep. representative
RSVP respondez s"il vous plait (please reply)

sae stamped addressed envelope
sec. second
SME small and medium (size) enterprises
SWOT strengths weaknesses opportunities threats
TBA to be announced
temp. temperature / temporary 
USP unique selling point

vgc very good condition
VP vice president
vs against 
wd would 

w/ with 
w/o without 
wt. weight
wysiwyg What You See Is What You Get

BA Bachelor of Arts
BEd Bachelor of Education
BSc Bachelor of Science
MA Master of Arts
MBA Master of Business Administration
MSc Master of Science
PhD Philosophiae Doctor (Doctor of Philosophy)

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