ASAP – As Soon as Possible.
FYI – For Your Information
RSVP (Répondez S’il Vous Plaît)
RSVP – this is a French word, most native English speakers don’t know what this means in French, but we use it make a reservation for a party, so, to respond (yes, no, maybe).
ETA means Estimated Time of Arrival
AKA means Also Known As
FAQ means Frequently Asked Questions
ATM means Automated Teller Machine, but also At the Moment, which is more like Internet speech, or text.
TBA – To Be Announced
TGIF – Thank God it’s Friday
RIP, what you see on graves at the cemetery is Rest in Peace
PS, what you write at the end of letters, Post Script [English. In Latin: Post Scriptum]
ESL & EFL
ESL – English as a Second Language
EFL – English as a Foreign Language
DIY – Do it Yourself. Like a project that you might do it yourself, without professional help.
ID. It means your Identification. This is what you present when you go to a bar, if you look like you’re underage.
GMO means Genetically Modified Organism, so make sure you don’t eat GMO’s.
PC – Personal Computer
PR – Public Relations
SOS, what you might see if you’re stranded or stuck on a desert island, you might write in the sand SOS – Save Our Souls. This is to get help. (Note: also, this may also mean “Save Our Ship”).
So, sometimes when you’re writing, or you’re reading, you might see IE, which means in other words. So, in Latin, I’m not going to try to pronounce this, but here it is on the screen.
And EG, which means for example, and here it is in Latin. So, you might use those in writing, and you might recognize this when you’re reading something.
So, DOB means Date of Birth. You might see this on an application.
OCD means Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, so it’s a mental disorder.
MD means Medical Doctor.
HR means Human Resources.
DMV – Division of Motor Vehicles
DUI and DWI
Driving under the influence (DUI), or driving while intoxicated (DWI), is the crime of operating a vehicle while impaired by alcohol or other drugs (including recreational drugs and those prescribed by physicians), to a level that renders the driver incapable of operating a motor vehicle safely
Because we are near Fort Bragg…
JROTC – Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps
SWAT – Special Weapons And Tactics
SOP – Standard Operating Procedure
AWOL means Absent Without Leave. Leave is to have permission to leave, to be on vacation. So, this comes from the military. You might say this when you have a friend or somebody that’s missing, so that person is AWOL.
Another way to say the same thing is MIA – Missing in Action.
POW, another military term, is Prisoner of War.