Short Form & Full Forms

Common Abbreviations: Everyday Use

  • approx. – approximately
  • appt. – appointment
  • apt. – apartment
  • A.S.A.P. – as soon as possible
  • B.Y.O.B. – bring your own bottle, used for parties where guests are expected to bring their own drinks or restaurants that don’t sell alcohol.
  • c/o – 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
  • Mr. – Mister
  • Mrs. – Mistress (pronounced Missus)
  • no. – number
  • R.S.V.P. – Répondez, s’il vous plait, this initialism comes from the French for “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

Cooking and Baking:

  • tsp or t – teaspoon/teaspoons
  • tbs, tbsp or T – tablespoon/tablespoons
  • c – cup/cups
  • gal – gallon
  • lb – pound/pounds
  • pt – pint
  • qt – quart

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

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

Social Media:

  • 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 recall/remember correctly
  • IQ – ignorance quotient
  • LOL – laugh out loud
  • NP – no problem
  • ROFL – rolling on the floor laughing
  • TY – thank you
  • WC – wrong conversation

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