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General Full Form List - Important Full Forms, Abbreviations

General Full Form List:- Abbreviations are shortened forms of words or lengthy phrases. You'll find them in almost every discipline and area of life, from commonly used abbreviations in names or titles, such as Mr. for Mister or Pres. for President, to less commonly used abbreviations, such as the short version of the word abbreviation itself, which is abbr.

There is more than one type of abbreviation. 

  • An acronym is a new word created from the initial letters of a long name or phrase, for example, NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization). 
  • An initialism is where a long phrase is abbreviated to its initial letters but the letters are pronounced individually, not spoken as a word - for example, FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation). An initialism can be considered a type of acronym.

The U.S. is itself a well-established abbreviation, as are the shortened forms of the 50 states, like NY for New York. As you will see in the following list of commonly used abbreviations they exist in all areas of life from medicine to military and geography to baking.

Common Abbreviations

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