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List of Commonly Used English Abbreviations You Should Know

Learn common abbreviations in English.

Helpful Abbreviations for Speedy Note-taking

Abbreviations

  • approx. = approximately
  • b/c = because
  • b/4 = before
  • bk. = book, born
  • C = (e.g. 21C for ‘twenty-first century’)
  • c. = approximately, roughly, about (abbreviation for the Latin ‘circa’)
  • cf. = compared to, in comparison with
  • cp. = compare
  • def. = definition
  • diff. = different, difference
  • ea. = each
  • e.g. = for example
  • fr. = from
  • etc. = and the rest, and so on
  • gen. = general
  • i.e. = that is, that means, in other words
  • impt. = important
  • NB  = important, notice this, note well
  • nec. = nessesary
  • no. = number
  • pt. = point
  • p. = page (pp. = pages)
  • re. = regarding, about
  • sim. = similar
  • s/t = something
  • T. = theory, theoretical

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  • A = answer
  • adm. = administration
  • adj. = adjective, adjourned, adjustment
  • abr. = abridged
  • abbr. = abbreviation, abbreviated
  • acad. = academic, academy
  • aka. = also known as
  • app. = appendix
  • assoc. = association
  • biol. = biology
  • bibliog. = bibliography
  • bot. = botanical, botany
  • cap. = capital, capitalise
  • chap. = chapter
  • chem. = chemical
  • co. = company
  • colloq. = colloquial, colloquialism
  • conf. = conference, confer
  • cont. = containing, content, continental, continue, continued
  • com. = commercial, commission, common, communication, community
  • cr. = credit
  • crit. = criticism…

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Symbols

  • 2: to, two, too
  • 4: for
  • 8: anything ending in ‘ate’
  • +: and, also, as well as, in addition to, plus
  • –: minus, without
  • =: equals, is the same as, results in
  • ≠: does not equal, is not the same as, does not result in
  • ≈: is approximately equal to, is similar to
  • <: is less than, is smaller than
  • >: is greater than, is larger than
  • ↑: increase, rise, growth
  • ↑↑: rapid increase
  • ↓: decrease, fall, shrinkage
  • ↓↓: rapid decrease
  • ∴ : therefore, thus
  • ∵ : because
  • →: leads on to, produces, causes
  • X: no, not, incorrect
  • Xx: definitely not, disproved
  • ?: uncertain, possibly, unproven
  • ✓ : yes, correct
  • ✓✓ : definitely, certain, proven…

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List of Commonly Used Abbreviations in English

“Internet & Email” Vocabulary

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Important Abbreviations

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Commonly Used Texting Abbreviations and Internet Acronyms

Network-Specific Acronyms

  • FB = Facebook
  • G+ = Google +
  • IG = Instagram
  • LI = Linkedln
  • YT = YouTube
  • DM = Direct Message
  • MT = Modified Tweet
  • PM = Private Message…

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Business Acronyms

B2B = Business To Business

  • B2C = Business To Consumer
  • CMGR = Community Manager
  • CMS = Content Management System
  • CPC = Cost Per Click
  • CPM = Cost Per Thousand
  • CR = Conversion Rate
  • CTA = Call To Action
  • CTR = Click-Through Rate
  • KPI = Key Performance Indicator
  • PPC = Pay Per Click
  • PV = Page Views
  • ROI = Return On Investment
  • UGC = User Generated Content

Technical Terms

  • API = Application Programming Interface
  • ESP = Email Service Provider
  • HTML = HyperText Markup
  • ISP = Internet Service
  • RSS = Really Simple
  • SaaS = Software as a Service
  • SEM = Search Engine Marketing
  • SEO = Search Engine Optimization
  • TOS = Terms Of Service
  • UI = User Interface
  • UX = User Experience

Texting Abbreviations and Chat Acronyms

  • AFAIK = As Far As I Know
  • AMA = Ask Me Anything
  • BAE = Before Anyone Else
  • BFF = Best Friends Forever
  • BRB = Be Right Back
  • BTW = By The Way
  • FBO = Facebook Official
  • FF = Follow Friday
  • FOMO = Fear of Missing Out
  • FTW = For The Win
  • FYI = For Your Information

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  • GTG = Got To Go
  • ICYMI = In Case You Missed It
  • IDC = I Don’t Care
  • IDK = I Don’t Know
  • ILY = I Love You
  • IMHO = In My Humble Opinion
  • IMO = In My Opinion
  • IRL = In Real Life
  • JK = Just Kidding
  • LMAO = Laughing My A** Off
  • LMK = Let Me Know
  • LOL = Laughing Out Loud
  • NBD = Not Big Deal
  • NM = Not Much
  • NSFW = Not Safe For Work
  • OH = Overheard
  • OMG = Oh My God/Gosh…

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