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English Abbreviations

English For Israel English Abbreviations

English abbreviations are used throughout the the English language.

Abbreviations are shortened forms of words or phrases. They are commonly used in English in various contexts, including in written communication, on the internet, and in spoken language.

The word abbreviation is long word for what it actually means, and is itself often written abbreviated as abbr.

You'll find English abbreviations in almost every discipline and area of life, from commonly used abbreviations in names or titles, such as Mr. for Mister and Pres. for President.

There are two types of abbreviations. 

An acronym is a new word created from the initial letters of a long name or phrase, for example, NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization). 

An initialism is where a long phrase is abbreviated to its initial letters but the letters are pronounced individually, not spoken as a word. For example, FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation), and pronounced ef bee i. An initialism is considered to be a type of acronym. U.S.A. is itself an abbreviation, as are the shortened forms of the 50 states, like NY for New York and CA for California. 

The most commonly used abbreviations in English are e.g. (exempli gratia) which means for example and etc. (et cetera) which means and similar, both sharing their origins in Latin. 

It is important to note that some abbreviations have different meanings depending on the context in which they are used, and some may have different meanings in different parts of the English-speaking world. It is also important to use abbreviations appropriately and not overuse them, as they can be confusing or difficult to understand for people who are not familiar with them.

Abbreviations for Everyday Use

  • approx. approximately

  • appt. appointment

  • apt. apartment

  • A.S.A.P. as soon as possible

  • B.Y.O.B. bring your own bottle      

  • c/o in care of, used when sending mail to someone who's not at their usual address

  • dept. department

  • D.I.Y. - do it yourself

  • est. established

  • E.T.A. estimated time of arrival

  • min. minute or minimum

  • misc. miscellaneous

  • no. number

  • R.S.V.P. Répondez, s'il vous plait, originates from French meaning please reply. It's used on invitations to parties and events and is intended (as it says) to be responded to with a yes, we will attend, or no, we will not.

  • tel. telephone

  • temp. temperature or temporary

  • vet. veteran or veterinarian

  • vs. versus

Abbreviations for Map Locations

  • Ave. Avenue

  • Blvd. Boulevard

  • Cyn. Canyon

  • Dr. Drive

  • Ln. Lane

  • Rd. Road

  • St. Street

  • E - east / N - north / NE - northeast / NW - northwest

  • S - south /  SE - southeast /  SW - southwest / W - west

Abbreviations for Academic and Job Titles

  • BA - Bachelor of Arts

  • BS - Bachelor of Science

  • MA - Master of Arts

  • M.PHIL or MPHIL - Master of Philosophy

  • JD - Juris Doctor

  • DC - Doctor of Chiropractic

  • PA - Personal Assistant

  • MD - Managing Director

  • VP - Vice President

  • SVP - Senior Vice President

  • EVP - Executive Vice President

  • CMO - Chief Marketing Officer

  • CFO - Chief Financial Officer

  • CEO - Chief Executive Officer

A Few Abbreviations for Social Media, Chat, and Slang

The advent of the Internet brought about a whole new range of abbreviations into our daily lives. For the sake of brevity, our texts, tweets, and chats are now made up of many abbreviations.

  • ACE - a cool experience 

  • AD - awesome dude

  • AFAIK - as far as I know

  • AFK - away from keyboard

  • ANI - age not important

  • BRB - be right back

  • CUL - see you later

  • CWYL - chat with you later

  • IIRC - if I remember correctly

  • IQ - ignorance quotient

  • LMK - let me know

  • LOL - laugh out loud

  • NM - never mind

  • NP - no problem

  • ROFL - rolling on the floor laughing

  • TY - thank you


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