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Email Abbreviations and Their Meaning

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Dear Dr. Dave and Dr. Dee,

A colleague often uses abbreviations in his emails to me. I understand the obvious ones such as FYI. But, others I'm not sure what they mean. Should abbreviations even be used in correspondence?



Dear Baffled,

Abbreviations should be avoided in business emails unless they are conventional abbreviations. Only the obvious ASAP (as soon as possible) FYI (for your information), and BTW (by the way) are understood by most people.

Just an FYI, below are some other email abbreviations or slang and their meaning.

4YEO: For your eyes only

AFAIK: As far as I know

BCNU: Be seeing you

BRB: Be right back

CUL8R: See you later

F2F: Face to face

FWIW: For what it's worth

GA: Go ahead

GMTA: Great minds think alike

HTH: Hope this helps

IMHO: In my humble opinion

ICWUM: I see what you mean

LOL: Laughing out loud

NBIF: No basis in fact

NFC: No further comment

OBO: Or best offer

OBTW: Oh, by the way

OIC: Oh, I see

OTOH: On the other hand

POV: Point of view

ROTFL: Rolling on the floor laughing

TIA: Thanks in advance

TNSTAAFL: There's no such thing as a free lunch

TTFN: Ta ta for now

TTLY: Talk to you later

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