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Everyday Use

Written and verbal communication often includes these abbreviations: approx. - approximately appt. - appointment apt. - apartment A.S.A.P. - as soon as possible B.Y.O.B. - bring your own bottle, used for parties where guests are expected to bring their own drinks or restaurants that don't sell alcohol. c/o - care of, used when sending mail to someone who's not at their usual address dept. - department D.I.Y. - Do it yourself est. - established E.T.A. - estimated time of arrival min. - minute or minimum misc. - miscellaneous Mr. - Mister Mrs. - Mistress (pronounced Missus) no. - number R.S.V.P. - Répondez, s'il vous plait, this initialism comes from the French for "please reply." It's used on invitations to parties and events and is intended (as it says) to be responded to with a "yes, we will attend," or "no, we will not." tel. - telephone temp. - temperature or temporary vet. - veteran or veterinarian vs. - versus

Cooking and Baking

Abbreviations are also necessary for measurements for cooking and baking - after all, your cake won't come out very well if you don't know the difference between: tsp or t - teaspoon/teaspoons tbs, tbsp or T - tablespoon/tablespoons c - cup/cups gal - gallon lb - pound/pounds pt - pint qt - quart

Map Locations

If you want to find your way around, you better know location abbreviations such as: Ave. - Avenue Blvd. - Boulevard Cyn. - Canyon Dr. - Drive Ln. - Lane Rd. - Road St. - Street E - east N - north NE - northeast NW - northwest S - south SE - southeast SW - southwest W - west

Academic and Job Titles

Abbreviations often show up in describing academic and job titles. For example: BA - Bachelor of Arts BS - Bachelor of Science MA - Master of Arts M.PHIL or MPHIL - Master of Philosophy JD - Juris Doctor DC - Doctor of Chiropractic PA - Personal Assistant MD - Managing Director VP - Vice President SVP - Senior Vice President EVP - Executive Vice President CMO - Chief Marketing Officer CFO - Chief Financial Officer CEO - Chief Executive Officer

Social Media

The advent of the internet brought about a whole new range of abbreviations into our daily lives. For the sake of brevity, our texts, tweets, and chats are now made up many abbreviations. For example: ACE - a cool experience AD - awesome dude AFAIK - as far as I know AFK - away from keyboard ANI - age not important BRB - be right back CUL - see you later CWYL - chat with you later IIRC - if I recall/remember correctly IQ - ignorance quotient LOL - laugh out loud NP - no problem ROFL - rolling on the floor laughing TY - thank you WC - wrong conversation