Commonly Used Abbreviations & Acronyms

by IELTS — March 3rd, 2020

Commonly Used Abbreviations & Acronyms

The English language is forever evolving. With the wide use of technology in our modern society, there are always new words coming into play that may be hard for non-native English speakers to grasp. Even native speakers might struggle sometimes. We’ll introduce you to the most commonly used abbreviations and acronyms used in daily life and on social media.

The list provides a good start to help you understand how and when to use abbreviations and acronyms and may also be a useful tool for your IELTS Writing test.

Abbreviations and acronyms are both used to shorten words or phrases. The only difference between the two is the way in which they are formed. Abbreviations usually take the first few letters of a word and usually also ends in a full-stop. On the other hand, acronyms are formed mostly from the first letter of each word in a phrase.

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Commonly used abbreviations

abbr.abbreviation(s), abbreviated
calcalorie(s)
cmcentimetre(s)
Corp.Corporation
dept.department
Dr.Doctor
ed.edition
est.established, estimated
et al.et alii (and others)
fl ozfluid ounce(s)
ftfoot, feet
gal.gallon(s)
hrhour
i.e.id est (that is)
in.inch(es)
inc.incorporated
Jr.Junior
kgkilogram(s)
kmkilometre(s)
Ltd.Limited
mmetre(s)
mgmilligram(s)
minminute(s)
mmmillimetre(s)
mphmiles per hour
Mr.Mister
Mrs.Mistress
ozounce(s)
secsecond(s)
sqsquare
Sr.Senior
volvolume(s)
vs.versus

Commonly used acronyms

AFKAway From Keyboard
ASAPAs Soon As Possible
AWOLAbsent Without Leave
BRBBe Right Back
DIYDo It Yourself
EOBDEnd Of Business Day
EODEnd Of Day
ETAEstimated Time of Arrival
FAQFrequently Asked Questions
FBIFederal Bureau of Investigation
FYIFor Your Information
HRHuman Resources
IDKI Don’t Know
IIRCIf I Recall/Remember Correctly
ILYI Love You
IMOIn My Opinion
IRLIn Real Life
LOLLaughing Out Loud
MBAMasters of Business Administration
MIAMissing In Action
NASANational Aeronautics and Space Administration
NSFWNot Safe For Work
NVMNever mind
OMGOh My God
OMWOn My Way
POSPoint Of Service
POVPoint Of View
SWATSpecial Weapons And Tactics
TBATo Be Announced
TGIFThank God It’s Friday
TMIToo Much Information
TTYLTalk To You Later
TYVMThank You Very Much

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