Common Abbreviations

Abbreviations are an excellent and necessary tool to use when you need to listen and take notes, whether you are in a classroom listening to a lecture, writing a test, in a meeting or seminar, or any other situation that will require a review of the information heard after you no longer have access to that information’s source.

The easiest way to abbreviate words is to remove all the vowels, except for the first vowel if it begins the word. Or, you can keep the beginning, middle and ending letters of a word. Any way that works for you is a correct way to do it. However, if you will share your notes, keep in mind that others might not be able to interpret them as easily as you can. For that reason, there are some standard and universal abbreviations that most people should recognize. What follows is an extensive sampling of these.



BusinessAddressTime/DateMeasureMiscellaneousLanguages/subjectsMilitaryPeople

Business
Co
Company
Ltd
limited
Inc
incorporated
Corp
corporation
std
standard
acct
account
Assoc
association
accom
accommodation
Bros
Brothers
dept
department
div
division
trans
transport
pkg
package
qty
quantity
exec
executive
rec’d
received
att/attn:
attention
re:
regarding
bal
balance
Mfg
manufacturing/er
sub
subtract
comm
communication
Address
St
street
Ave
avenue
Blvd
boulevard
Rd
road
Ln
lane
Ct
court
Cres
crescent
Dr
drive
Pkwy
parkway
Hwy
highway
Stn
station



Time/Date
Sun
Sunday
Mon
Monday
Tue
Tuesday
Weds
Wednesday
Thur
Thursday
Fri
Friday
Sat
Saturday
wk
week
Jan
January
Feb
February
Mar
March
Apr
April
Jun
June
Jul
July
Aug
August
Sept
September
Oct
October
Nov
November
Dec
December
yr
year
sec
second
hr
hour
min
minute
mo
month
c
century
Measure:
ft
foot/feet(‘)
in
inch(es)(“)
mi
mile
yd
yard
cu
cube
sq
square
doz
dozen
vol
volume
num
number
x
times (2x=2times)
Grammar/books:
n
noun
adj
adjective
adv
adverb
v
verb
prep
preposition
conj
conjunction
par
paragraph
pres
present
pron
pronoun
subj
subject
sing
singular
pl
plural
ch
chapter
ex
example
fig
figure
etc
etcetera
intro
introduction
subj
subject
conc
conclusion
lit
literal



Miscellaneous:
anon
anonymous
cont
continuedcont
corr
correction
int’l
international
misc
miscellaneous
pos
positive
neg
negative
incl
includes
instr
instrument
supp
supplement
Languages and subjects:
biol
biology
chem
chemistry
Sc
science
Eng
English
Fr
French
geog
geography
eng
engineer(ing)
geol
geology
Gk
greek
hist
history
It
italian
L
latin
Military
Col
Colonel
Gen
General
Lt
Lieutenant
Sgt
Sergeant
Corp
Corporal
Capt
Captain
Cdr
Commander
Adm
Admiral
Maj
Major
Pr
Private
People:
Prof
professor
Supt
superintendent
Asst
assistant
Pres
president
Mr
mister
rep
representative
Mrs
missus
Dr
doctor
Mme
mademoiselle
rev
reverend
Jr
junior
Sr
senior