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Joe's Cafe, 24/7 pit stop for ESL learners and teachers | October 2011
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What abbreviations and acronyms do you know?

abbreviationAn abbreviation is something like “Dr” or “Dr.” for “Doctor”, or “Ltd” or “Ltd.” for “Limited”.

An acronym is made from the First Letters of other words, for example “NASA” for “National Aeronautics and Space Administration”, or “laser” for “Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation”.

What abbreviations and acronyms do you know?

Joe | Wednesday, October 5th, 2011 | Filed under Debate

27 Responses to “What abbreviations and acronyms do you know?”

  1. Gabriel Sowrian says:

    Hello Mr Josef Essberger!

    How are you! Quite frankly, I always wanted to thank you personally for creating “MyEC”, a fantastic Virtual English Language Club! I’m sure many people would have poured their heartfelt gratitude to you in many ways for that selfless immense contribution of yours to all the non-native speakers around the world. Thus, it may sound nothing new to hear this from me! However, I wish to pay you with a big “Thank You” as my debt of gratitude! God Bless You, Sir…!

    Well! For your info, I started to compile words according to their categories (close to a hundred) ever since I decided to get serious in improving my English Language Skill. The following is one such category picked from my own ‘archive!’ (I’ve mixed both the “Abbreviations” and “Acronyms” into one single list. Sorry!)

    a.m. : ante meridiem
    AD : Anno Domini
    AH : Anno Hegirae
    AIDS : Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome
    aka : also know as
    APEC : Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation
    ASAP : As Soon As Possible
    ASEAN : Association Of Southeast Asian Nations
    ATM : Automated Teller Machine
    BA : Bachelor of Arts
    BC : Before Christ
    BSc : Bachelor of Science
    DIP : Document Image Processing
    DJ : Dico Jockey
    DST : Daylight Saving Light
    DVD : Digital Versatile Disc
    etc. : et cetera
    FIFA : Fédération Internationale de Football Association
    FM : Frequency Modulation
    GCSE : General Certificate of Secondary Education
    GDP : Gross Domestic Product
    GMT : Greenwich Mean Time
    GNP : Gross National Product
    GP : General Practitioner
    GPS : Gobal Positioning System
    GSM : Global System (or Standard) for Moblile Communications
    GSOH : Good Sense of Humour
    GST : Goods and Services Tax
    HQ : Headquarters
    HTML : Hypertext Mark-up Language
    IMF : International Monetary Fund
    INRI : Iesus Nazarenus Rex Iudaeorum
    IRC : Internet Relay Chat
    ISBN : International Standard Book Number
    ISO : International Organization for Standardization
    ITTO : Internation Tropical Timber Organization
    JP : Justice of the Peace
    MC : Master of Ceremonies
    NAFTA : North American Free Trade Agreement
    NATO : North Atlantic Treaty Organization
    OHP : Overhead Projector
    OPEC : Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries
    p.a. : per annum
    p.m. : post meridiem
    PA : Public Address (System)
    PO : Post Office
    PS : Postscript
    PTO : Please Turn Over
    SARS : Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome
    SW : Short Wave
    TEFL : Teaching English as a Foreign Language
    TESL : Teaching English as a Second Language
    TESOL : Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
    TIFF : Tagged Image File Format
    TOEFL : Test Of English as a Foreign Language
    TOEIC : Test Of English for International Communication
    UHF : Ultra-high Frequency
    UHT : Ultra Heat Treated
    UK : United Kingdom
    UN : United Nations
    UNCED : United Nations Conference on Environment
    UNESCO : United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
    UNHCR : United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
    UNICEF : United Nations Children’s Fund
    UNO : United Nations Organization
    UPC : Universal Product Code
    URL : Uniform (or Universal) Resource Locator
    USA : United States of America
    USSR : Union of Soviet Socialist Republics
    VCR : Video Cassette Recorder
    VHF : Very High Frequency
    VHS : Video Home System
    VIP : Very Important Person
    VJ : Video Jokey
    VOA : Voice of America
    WHO : World Health Organization
    WTO : World Trade Organization
    WWF : World Wildlife Fund
    WWW : World Wide Web

    PS: My list is ever growing! If you’re not against, perhaps I can forward more in future.

  2. M.S.KHAN says:

    IT IS QUITE HELPFUL FOR ME
    THANK YOU FOR DESIGHNING SUCH A GOOD WEBSITE!

  3. M.S.KHAN says:

    THANK YOU FOR DESIGHNING SUCH A GOOD WEBSITE. IT IS QUITE HELPFUL FOR ME

  4. Joe says:

    Thank you Gabriel. That’s very kind of you. More will be welcome anytime.

  5. mariana says:

    hey!
    Many thanks Gabriel Sowrian for this collection it was very helpful .

  6. serigne says:

    This is very usefuJl Mr Joe,really you’re a wonderful man I hope that one day I’ll meet you.That’s a dream and I think it’ll be realised.God bless you

  7. Maisbilingual says:

    It’s really amazing to be one of your member in this site. I get so many new things to learn. Thanks a lot.

  8. Sabina says:

    ASAP means as soon as possible :) we use it frequently in our office

  9. mehrnaz of Iran says:

    It was helpful. I learned some new things. Thanks alot.

  10. Olga says:

    you cover rather interesting and useful topics! keep up, good job! my students read you with pleasure, and you know how difficult it is to make them do something))
    anyway, thank you very much)

  11. Rosalie T Cigaral says:

    just to clear correct me if I’m wrong about DST is it Daylight Saving Time???

  12. Richard says:

    It’s an funny topic.I like it.

  13. isam says:

    beautifull topic go ahead and be activate

  14. Aleksandr says:

    KGB - ( Komitet Gosudarstvennoy Bezopasnosty (in Russian)- Commitee State Security) - CIA anolog in USSR.
    RF - Russia Federation

  15. Priyanka says:

    I just want to what is the actual fullform of “lol” that they often use while chatting. Im a bit confused on this one.

  16. Olga says:

    Thanx for everything you do to help ups learn learn English! One day English will take over the world)))

  17. Olga says:

    lol — lots of laugh
    but not officially people use it like “lols of love” (it’s just the play of words, or abbriviations…anyway it’s pun)

  18. Olga says:

    personally in chat I like to use “ROFL” (”Rolling On The Floor Laughing”)

  19. Richard says:

    Wow! that is alot of abbreviation and words. I am a beginner in this club hoping that someone can teach how to correct my grammar. Anyway this website is cool.

  20. Daniel says:

    BPGHNFWMY thats the most popular one :)

  21. Val says:

    Hi, everyone!

    How about SCUBA (Self Containing Underwater Breathing Apparatus) and SSDE (Surface Supplied Diving Equipment)? And RADAR (Radio Detection And Ranging)?

    All in all, thanks for this website exists!! When I think my creativity is getting to an end I will call on its tips and hints!!

  22. Val says:

    Oh!

    And LASER (Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation) too! There are many indeed!

  23. kris says:

    English is really vast!!!! but it is wonderfully interesting!

  24. Mali says:

    Thanks everybody for your perfect informations, but can anybody tell me the meaning of “LOL”?Does it mean “lots of laugh”?

  25. metalgearsiolide1 says:

    hello..
    abrreviations:1.”etc..” for “iterate”
    2.”$” for “Dollars”
    3.”Mr” for”Mister”

    acronyms:1.CIA:Central Intelligence Agency
    2.NATO:North Athlantic Treaty
    Organiziation
    3.EC:English Club

  26. kate says:

    Mali , lol means laugh out loudly

  27. safia dirie says:

    I don`t know what to add,but I want to thank the admin of this website for his or her endless effort to satisfy the need of thousands of people who hope to improve their language.God bless u.

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