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an acronym example "Roling on the floor"

The use of acronyms

The use of acronyms started during the WW1 and has evolved over time. There are many sources for acronym definitions on the Internet,  but there is no single place to find lists of all acronyms, and the meaning for each acronym.

  • EU European Union
  • NATO North Atlantic Treaty Organization
  • FBI Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • UNO United Nations Organization
  • UK United Kingdom GB Great Britain
  • NASA National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  • GPS Global Positioning System
  • ATM Automatic Teller Machine
  • JPEG Joint Photographic Experts Group
  • IUPAC International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry

What if you are in an e Career and want to learn the meaning behind these familiar acronyms? You can’t just look these up, do a search.The short description below will give you an idea, and if you want to understand more mark the acronym and do a Google Search!

acronyms example "laughing my ass "off

More commonly uses of an acronym are these examples:

  • 2F4U Too Fast For You
  • 4YEO FYEO For Your Eyes Only
  • AAMOF As a Matter of Fact
  • ACK Acknowledgment
  • AFAIK As far as I know
  • AFAIR As far as I remember / recall
  • AFK Away from Keyboard
  • AKA Also known as
  • B2K BTK Back to Keyboard
  • BTT Back to Topic
  • BTW By the Way
  • B/C Because
  • C&P Copy and Paste
  • CU See you
  • CYS Check your Settings
  • DIY Do it Yourself
  • EOBD End of Business Day
  • EOD End of Discussion
  • EOM End of Message
  • EOT End of Thread / .. Text / .. Transmission
  • FAQ Frequently asked Questions
  • FACK Full Acknowledge
  • FKA Formerly known as
  • FWIW For what it’s Worth
  • FYI / JFYI (Just) For your Information
  • FTW Fuck the World / For the Win
  • HF Have fun
  • HTH Hope this Helps
  • IDK I don’t know
  • IIRC If I Recall / Remember Correctly
  • IMHO In my Humble Opinion
  • IMO In my Opinion
  • IMNSHO In my not so Humble / Honest Opinion
  • IOW In other Words
  • ITT In this Thread
  • LOL Laughing out loud
  • DGMW Don’t get me wrong
  • Acronyms M to Z
  • MMW Mark my Words
  • N/A Not Available / Applicable
  • NaN Not a Number
  • NNTR No need to Reply
  • noob n00b Newbie
  • NOYB None of your Business
  • NRN No Reply Necessary
  • OMG Oh my God
  • OP Original Poster, Original Post
  • OT Off Topic
  • OTOH On the other Hand
  • PEBKAC Problem exists between Keyboard and Chair
  • POV Point of View
  • ROTFL Rolling on the Floor Laughing
  • RSVP Repondez s’il vous plait (French: Please reply)
  • RTFM Read the fine Manual
  • SCNR Sorry, could not Resist
  • SFLR Sorry, for late Reply
  • SMH Shaking my head
  • SPOC Single Point of Contact
  • TBA To be Announced
  • TBC To be Continued / To be Confirmed
  • TIA Thanks in Advance
  • TGIF Thanks God, its Friday
  • THX TNX Thanks
  • TQ Thank You
  • TYVM Thank You Very Much
  • TYT Take your Time
  • TTYL Talk to you Later
  • w00t Whoomp, there it is; Meaning “Hooray”
  • WFM Works for Me
  • WRT With Regard to
  • WTH What the Hell / What the Heck
  • WTF What the Fuck
  • YMMD You made my Day
  • YMMV Your Mileage may vary
  • YAM Yet Another Meeting
  • ICYMI In Case you missed it

This site was created for those who are looking to learn what these acronyms mean, but don’t always have time to trawl through pages upon pages reading definitions

What is Acronym?

an acronym example "What the fuck"
  • Acronym is a word or name formed from the initial components of a longer name or phrase, usually using individual initial letters, as in NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) or EU (European Union),  OMG Oh my God SMH Shaking my head , but sometimes using syllables, as in Benelux (‘Belgium – Netherlands – Luxembourg’) or a mixture of the two, as in radar (‘RAdio Detection And Ranging’).

Some that´s have been deliberately invented – 

  • BRB Be right back 
  • LMAO Laughing my  off 

in order to lend a casual, breezy tone to what would otherwise be an overly formal phrase as when the e-mail term ASAP – As soon as possible is used in everyday speech, and even though many people now know that it stands for something it’s not a proper word – and thus should have its own capitalization and punctuation (ASAP), we still tend to say Asap with the A in lowercase because that’s how it sounds. Similarly and more famously when LSAT was developed as the name of a test designed to measure an applicant’s suitability and in particular his/her ability for entry to law school, the creators also invented a pronunciation L-SAT so that it would be pronounced as an acronymwith each letter given equal weight rather than as three separate words Law School Admission Test which might sound stilted or pretentious.

Obvious examples

Unlike the perhaps  more obvious and thus less effective examples above  which tend to be single letters acronyms can be made up of multiple letters sometimes many depending on their length, and so it’s worth bearing in mind that any words that you might already know with a similar number of letters or syllables would also work well, so depending on the nature of your business you could include for example any/all of the following:

  • AUP Acceptable Use Policy 
  • BPO Business Process Outsourcing 
  • CRM Customer Relationship Management 
  • IHOP International House of Pancakes 
  • ISO International Standardized Organization 
  • IVR Interactive Voice Response 
  • LBO Leveraged Buyout 
  • MTO Made to Order  
  • NGO Non-Governmental Organization 
  • POD Print on Demand 
  • SCM Supply Chain Management 
  • SMO Social Media Optimization

Daly use of acronym

As you will see from the examples listed above, acronyms can also be made up of both individual letters from words (sometimes even numbers) and syllables from words. In fact, when you’re coming up with your own new acronym(s) for your business or products/services, you can literally use any part of the words and phrases that you want to make into an acronym(s), so if you want (e.g.) ‘Business Process Outsourcing’ to be shortened to BPO, it could become either BPO or BPOO – as long as there’s a connection to be made (e.g.)

The first letter from Business and the ‘O’ from Outsourcing – or in other words, if it works for you when you’re saying it out loud – with a rhythm that feels natural – you should probably stick with it, as while most people who encounter this acronym for the first time will immediately recognize it as an abbreviation, they won’t necessarily be able to figure out what it stands for unless you give them a hint (e.g. “Have you heard of BPO?”).

When not to use an acronym!

And the worst offenders when it comes to overusing them voluntarily are people who work in areas that require some kind of specialized knowledge or skill, and so it’s not uncommon for doctors to use a variety of acronyms (e.g. EKG Electrocardiogram) when talking to other medical professionals but sometimes even when the conversation is being conducted with a patient, which seems unnecessarily sophisticated, as well as confusing.

There are also instances where acronyms have been created to describe an existing phrase in order to make it sound more appealing or friendly (e.g. YOLO – you only live once – or WWJD – what would Jesus do), but if you’re going to use an acronym that’s already in common usage, it’s important to make sure that your version is clearly different from the other options, and not so similar as to cause confusion

an acronym example "Oh my god"

The end of this acronym article

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