The Ultimate Guide to Abbreviations and Acronyms in English

Abbreviations and acronyms are shorter versions of existing words and phrases. Their purpose is to save time and take up less space (whether you’re typing or writing by hand).

What are Abbreviations?

Abbreviations are shorter spellings of words and expressions we use every day. they’re usually formed by taking the first few letters of a word and end with a full-stop. For example πŸ‘‡πŸΎ

WordAbbreviation
BoulevardBlvd.
ColonelCol.
CorporationCorp.
DepartmentDept
GovernmentGovt.
Kilometer(s)Km
LiteratureLit.
Mister/MissusMr./Mrs.
ReferenceRef.
SubjectSubj.
ThursdayThurs.
VolumeVol

Note: Certain abbreviations are formed by omitting one or more syllables from a word. This is sometimes called clipping, because we keep the beginning of the word and β€˜clip’ the rest of the word. For example πŸ‘‡πŸΎ

WordClipping
AdvertisementAdvert, Ad
DecaffeinatedDecaf
ExaminationExam
MemorandumMemo
PhotographPhoto
VocabularyVocab

What are Acronyms?

Acronyms are words which are formed from the first letters of other words, and which are pronounced as full words. For example πŸ‘‡πŸΎ

WordAcronym
Automated Teller MachineATM
Do It YourselfDIY
Date Of BirthDOB
Do Not DisturbDND
Federal Bureau of InvestigationFBI
For Your InformationFYI
Human ResourcesHR
Intelligence QuotientIQ
National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationNASA
President Of The United StatesPOTUS
Radio Detection And RangingRADAR
Self-Contained Underwater Breathing ApparatusSCUBA
Unidentified Flying ObjectUFO
United Nations International Children’s Emergency FundUNICEF
Very Important Person(s)VIP

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