Learn Important Abbreviations & their Full Forms Part – 1

In English, Abbreviations are much used in writing as well as spoken. Most of the times we use them without knowing their full forms. When somebody asks us their full form, we have to cut a sorry figure. Below are given some frequently used abbreviations and their full forms.

A.M. – ante meridiem ( Latin expression meaning before midday )

P.M. – post meridiem ( after midday ), also Prime Minister

B.A. – Bachelor of Arts

B.Com – Bachelor of Commerce

B.Sc. – Bachelor of Science

CID – Criminal Investigation Department

c/o – care of

D. Lit. – Doctor of Literature

D. Phil – Doctor of Philosophy

Dr. – Doctor, Debtor

Do – Ditto  ( the same as is aforesaid )

D.C – Direct Current, Deputy Commissioner

E. and O.E – errors and omissions excepted

Eng – English

Engr. – Engineer

exp – especially

Important Short Forms/ Abbreviations

etc. – et cetera ( and others ) Latin Expression

e.g. – example given

fig. – figure

ft – feet, foot, fort

G.P.O – General Post Office

hr – hour

H.Q. – Head Quarters

ib – ibid ( short form of ibidem, the Latin expression meaning in the same place )

id – idem ( the same )

i.e. – id est – Latin ( that is )

IG – Inspector General

Lt – Lieutenant

Ltd – Limited

MD – Doctor of  Medicine

Messrs. – Messieurs ( French Expression meaning Sirs, Plural of Mr. )

misc – miscellaneous

M.L.A – Member of Legislative Assembly

MP – Member of Parliament

mph – miles per hour

Mr – Mister, Master

Mrs – Mistress

M.S – Master of Surgery

n.b. – nota bene ( Latin Phrase meaning note well )

OK – Oll Korrect ( All correct )

Ph.D – Doctor of Philosophy

PT – Physical Training

PTO – Please turn over

P.W.D – Public Works Department

Re – Rupee

Rs – Rupees

Ref – Reference

Retd. – retired

R.S.V.P – Repondez s’l vous plait ( French Expression meaning Reply if you please )

sq – square

LDC – Lower Division Clerk

UDC – Upper Division Clerk

Vs – Versus ( it means against )

viz. – videlicet, namely

VIP – Very Important Person

w.e.f – with effect from

WHO – World Health Organization

UNESCO – United Nations Educational, Scientific and Culture Organization

SAARC – South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation

YMCA – Young Men’s Christian Association

YWCA – Young Women’s Christian Association

ICU – Intensive Care Unit

IP – Internal Protocol

NSG – National Security Group/ Nuclear Supplier Group

UGC – University Grants Commission

MoU – Memorandum of Understanding

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Updated: August 26, 2016 — 9:42 pm

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