Common Acronyms

Acronyms are shortened versions of a name or a common expression used as a shortcut when they are clear and obvious enough. As with abbreviations, they are a good tool to use in note taking.
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Measures
g
gram
L
liters
kg
kilograms
cm
centimeters
V
volts
km
kilometers
db
decibels
Hz
hertz
W
watts
ppm
parts per million
IU
international unit
°F
degree Fahrenheit
°C
degree Celcius
Technology
MB
megabyte
KB
kilobyte
GB
gigabyte
FB
Facebook
OS
operating system
CD
compact disk
GIF
Graphics Interchange Format
CPU
central processing unit
TB
terabyte
JPEG
Joint Photographic Experts Group
GPS
global positioning satellite
DVD
digital video disc
HTML
Hyper Text Markup Language
Mbps
megabytes per second
PDF
Portable Document Format
RPM
revolutions per minute
CPI
central processing unit
IP
Internet Protocol
MP3/4 Mpeg
Moving Picture Experts Group
RAM
random access memory
IBM
International Business Machines



Government
UN
United Nations
MP
Member of Parliament
DA
District Attorney
PM
Prime Minister
EU
European Union
FM
Foreign Minister
CIA
Central Intelligence Agency
NSA
National Security Agency
FBI
Federal Bureau of Investigations
KGB
Komitet gosudarstvennoy bezopasnosti
(Soviet security agency)
NSSR
Union of Soviet Socialist Republic
NATO
North Atlantic Treaty Organization
NAFTA
North American Free Trade Agreement
NASA
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Business
IPO
initial public offering
R&D
Research and Development
POS
point of sale
VAT
value added tax
M&A
mergers and acquisitions
HQ
headquarter
P&H
postage and handling
Q&A
questions and answers
APR
annual percentage rate
QA/QC
quality assurance/control
TBA
to be announced
TBD
to be discussed
cc
carbon copy
Bcc
back carbon copy
CV
curriculum vitae
S&H
shipping and handling
COD
cash on delivery
HR
Human Resources
MSLP
manufacturer’s suggested list price
PO
(box) post office
Academics
BScMaster of Arts
Bachelor of Science
MA
Master of Arts
PhD
Doctorate
MBA
Master of Business Administration
BA
Bachelor of Art
B.Ed
Bachelor of education
LLb
Bachelor of Law
Expressions
ASAP
as soon as possible
RIP
rest in peace
DIY
do it yourself
FYI
for your information
a.k.a.
also known as
btw
by the way
DUI
driving under the influence
p.d.q.
pretty darn quick (fast)
lol
laughing out loud
brb
be right back
imo
in my opinion
Organizations
YMCA
Young Men’s Christian Association
AA
Alcoholics Anonymous
WHO
World Health Organization
IMF
International Monetary Fund
NGO
non-governmental organization
NPO
non-profit organization



Time
BC
Before Christ
BCE
before the common era
AD
before the common era
CE
common era
EST
eastern standard time
GMT
Greenwich mean time
a.m.
ante meridiem
p.m.
post meridiem
Profession
DDS
Doctor of Dental surgery
JP
Justice of the Peace
HMO
health maintenance organization
CEO
chief executive officer
RN
registered nurse
MD
Doctor of Medicine
CFO
chief financial officer
COO
chief operating officer
CPA
chartered professional accountant
CA
chartered accountant
Science/Health
H2O
water (2hydrogen and 1oxygen)
CO2
water (2hydrogen and 1oxygen)
iv
intravenous
UFO
unidentified flying object
GM
genetically- modified
BMI
body mass index
AIDS
acquired immunodeficiency syndrome
STD
sexually transmitted disease
HIV
human immunodeficiency virus
Symbols
N/NE/NW
north/northeast/northwest
NB
N/NE/NW
PS
postscript
i.e
. that is/in other words
e.g.
for example
trademark
©
copyright
®
registered
¥
yen
¢
cent
£
pound
%
percent
$
dollar
#
number
euro
&
and
<
less than
<
more than
=
equal to
not equal to, opposite
@
at
approximately
b4
before
l8r
later