Most common English Abbreviations you may want to know

card9_1438090462ASAP

ASAP – As Soon as Possible.

FYI

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

ETA means Estimated Time of Arrival

AKA

AKA means Also Known As

FAQ

FAQ means Frequently Asked Questions

ATM

ATM means Automated Teller Machine, but also At the Moment, which is more like Internet speech, or text.

TBA

TBA – To Be Announced

TGIF

TGIF – Thank God it’s Friday

RIP

RIP, what you see on graves at the cemetery is Rest in Peace

P.S.

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

DIY – Do it Yourself. Like a project that you might do it yourself, without professional help.

ID

ID. It means your Identification. This is what you present when you go to a bar, if you look like you’re underage.

GMO

GMO means Genetically Modified Organism, so make sure you don’t eat GMO’s.

PC

PC – Personal Computer

PR

PR – Public Relations

SOS

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”).

 

i.e.

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.

e.g.

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.

DOB

So, DOB means Date of Birth. You might see this on an application.

OCD

OCD means Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, so it’s a mental disorder.

MD

MD means Medical Doctor.

HR

HR means Human Resources.

DMV

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

JROTC – Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps

SWAT

SWAT – Special Weapons And Tactics

SOP

SOP – Standard Operating Procedure

AWOL

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.

MIA

Another way to say the same thing is MIA – Missing in Action.

POW

POW, another military term, is Prisoner of War.

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