Abbreviations

An abbreviation is a short form of a word or phrase used in order to save time or space. Here are some abbreviations.

A.M. / P.M.
"ante meridiem" (before noon) / "post meridiem" (afternoon)

ATM
automated teller machine

Ave.
Avenue

B.C. / A.D
before Christ / "anno Domini" (in the year of the Lord)

ESP
extra-sensory perception

etc.
et cetera (and so forth)

FYI
for your information

Inc.
Incorporated

IQ
intelligence quotient

mph
miles per hour

org.
Organization

oz.
ounce

PC
personal computer

pp.
pages

PS
post ******

PTA
Parent-Teacher Association

rpm
revolutions per minute

SASE
self-addressed stamped envelope

St.
Street

TLC
Tender, loving care

TV
television

VCR
video cassette recorder
Acronyms

An acronym is a kind of abbreviation. It is a word you can pronounce, formed from the first letters, or other parts, of a group of words.

Every day, the CIA (an abbreviation for the Central Intelligence Agency) sends the president of the United States a PICKLE (an acronym for the President's Intelligence Check List).

These words you see every day are acronyms.

AWOL
Absent WithOut Leave

laser
Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation

Lego
LEs GOdt (Danish for "play well")

NASA
National Aeronautics and Space Administration

NOW
National Organization for Women

PIN
Personal Identification Number

radar
RAdio Detecting And Ranging

scuba
Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus

sitcom
SITuation COMedy

UNICEF
United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund

Velcro
VELour + CROchet

yuppie
Young Urban Professional

ZIP
Zone Improvement Plan
Titles

We often use abbreviations before or after people's names. For example, a doctor might be called Dr. I. M. Well or I. M. Well, M.D. (M.D. stands for medical doctor.)
Technical Talk

Special fields have their own abbreviations.

Internet:
Abbreviations are a part of the everyday ******** of the Internet and e-mail (electronic mail). FYI (for your information), URL stands for Uniform Resource Locator, which is the official name for an Internet address. There's much more, but TTFN (ta-ta for now).

Computers:
To use your personal computer (PC), you start, or boot up, the system. The computer works by using a central processing unit (CPU) that reads and writes using random access memory (RAM). BTW (by the way), to find the answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs), check with your computer manufacturer's online services.

Sports:
Most college teams play in the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association). Men's professional football, basketball, and hockey teams all belong to national leagues (the NFL, NBA, and NHL). There is also a women's professional basketball league -- the WNBA (Women's National Basketball Association). Baseball has two leagues, the National League (NL) and the American League (AL). The abbreviations NL and AL are used in giving baseball stats (statistics).

Navigation:
Navigators use N, S, E, and W to refer to compass directions.



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