Dictionary of Acronyms

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Aviation Industry

Acronym Meaning
APOAAirline Pilots and Owners Association
ELTEmergency Locator Transmitter
PRSPrecision Radar Monitoring (system)
QANTASQueensland And Northern Territories Aerial services
TWATrans World Airlines

Businesses and Business Terms

AAMIAustralian Automotive Motor Insurance
AAPAssociated Architects Partnerships
ABNAlgemene Bank Nederlands
AMPAustralian Mutual Provident (Society)
ANZAustralia and New Zealand Banking Corporation
AT&TAmerican Telephone & Telegraph
AWBAustralian Wheat Board
BAUBusiness As Usual
BHPBroken Hill Proprietary Ltd
BMWBayerische Motoren Werke
BRITBenfield and Rea Brothers Investment Trust
BT1. Bankers Trust / 2. British Telecom
BTRBritish Tough Rubber
BZWBarclays de Zoete Wedd
CBACommonwealth Bank of Australia
CEOChief Executive Officer
CFOChief Financial Officer
CIBCCanadian International Banking Corporation
CIOChief Investment Officer
COOChief Operating Officer
CMBCarnaud Metal Box
CMLColes Myer Ltd
CSFBCredit Suisse First Boston
CSGCorporate Services Group
DMGDeutsche Morgan Grenfell
EMAPEast Midlands Allied Press
HSBCHongKong Shanghai Banking Corporation
FIATFabbrica Italiana Automobile Torino
GIOGovernment Insurance Office
IBMInternational Business Machines
ICIImperial Chemical Industries
KPMGKlynveld Peat Marwick Goerdeler
MGB1. Myer Grace Brothers / 2. Morris Garages ‘B’
MLC1. Meat & Livestock Commission / 2. Methodist Ladies’ College
MMIMoney Management International
MNCMulti-National Corporation
NRMANational Road and Motorist Association
P&OPeninsular & Oriental
PsionPotter Scientific Instruments On
QANTASQueensland and Northern Territories Aerial services
SASScandinavian Air Services
SBCSwiss Banking Corporation
TGIFThank God It’s Friday!
TNTTri Nitro Toluene – an explosive
UBS1. Union Bank of Switz. / 2. United Bank of Switz

Computers and the Internet

AGPAccelerated Graphics Port (Fujitsu)
AITAdvanced Intelligent Tape (Sony)
AMEAdvanced Metal Evaporated (Sony)
AMRAudio Modem Riser (Fujitsu)
BIOSBasic Input/Output System
CD-DACompact Disc-Digital Audio (Sony)
CD-RCompact Disc-Recordable
CD-ROMCompact Disc-Read Only Memory
CD-RWCompact Disc-Re-Writer
CGICommon Gateway Interface
CDMACode Division Multiple Access
CNRCommunication and Networking Riser (Slot)
CPUCentral Processing Unit
CRMCustomer Relationship Management
DATDigital Audio Tape
DAODisco At Once
DDCDisplay Data Channel (Sony)
DDR-SDRAMDouble Data Rate-Synchronous DRAM
DDSDigital Data Storage (Sony)
DIMMDual In-line Memory Module
DMADirect memory Access
DVDDigital Video (or Versatile) Disk
EIDEEnhanced IDE
ERPEnterprise resource Planning; My Mum’s initials
FAQFrequently asked questions
FATFile Attribution Table
FTPFile Transfer Protocol
GIFGraphics Interchange Format
HDDHard Disc Drive
HTMLHypertext Mark-up Language
IDEIntegrated Development Environment
IPInternet Protocol
IRCInternet Relay Chat
ISPInternet Service Provider
JPEGJoint Photographic Experts Group
MICMemory in Cassette (Sony)
MIDIMusical Instrument Digital Interface
MIMEMulti-purpose Internet Mail Extensions
MOMagneto Optical (Sony)
MP3MPEG Audio Layer 3
MPEGMotion Picture Experts Group
PCPersonal Computer
PCMCIAPersonal Computer Memory Card International Association
PDAPersonal Digital Assistant
POP1. Point of Presence / 2. Post Office Protocol
PPPPoint-to-Point Protocol
RAMRandom Access Memory
ROMRead Only Memory
SAOSession At Once
SAPSysteme Anwendungen Produkte (or in English ‘Systems Applications Products’)
SCSISmall Computer Systems Interface
SETSecure Electronic Transaction
SIMSubscriber Information Modules (there are several definitions)
SFASales Force Automation
SLIPSerial Line Internet Protocol
SMTPSimple Mail Transport Protocol
TAOTrack At Once
TCPTransmission Control Protocol
URLUniform/Universal Resource Locator (eg. www.gpb.eu)
VDUVisual Display Unit
VONVoice on Net (Internet)
VRMLVirtual Reality Modelling Language
WANWide Area Network
WWWWorld Wide Web
XMLExtensible Mark-up Language


ACAlternating Current
CCDCharged Couled Device
CDCompact Disc
CD-ROM(Computer Disc) Read Only Memory
DCDirect Current
DCRData Connection Resource
DSCDigital Signal Processing (Sony)
DVDDigital Video Disc
LCDLiquid Crystal Display
MTBFMean Time Between Failures
RBGRed Blue Green (Big Screen Projector)
VCRVideo Cassette Recorder
VDUVisual Display Unit

Engineering and High-Tech

AIArtificial Intelligence
ARAugmented Reality
ECSOEuropean Cyber Security Organization
ESGEnvironmental and Social Governance
EVElectric Vehicle
ICTInformation and Communications Technology
IoTInternet of Things
IPIntellectual Property
LEDLight-Emitting Diode
MLMachine Learning
OLEDOrganic Light-Emitting Diode
RFIDRadio Frequence Identification

Finance, Markets, Accounting and Tax

ADRAmerican Depository Receipt
AIMAlternative Investment Market
ASICAustralian Securities and Investment Commission
ASCAustralian Securities Commission
ASXAustralian Stock Exchange
ASCPAAustralian Society of Certified Practising Accountants
ATMAutomated Teller Machine
AUMAsset Under Management
BRWBusiness Review Weekly
CAGRCompound Annual Growth Rate
CPIConsumer Price Index
CRBCommodity Research Bureau
DCFDiscounted Cash Flow
DPIDistribution to Paid-In Capital
EBITDAEarnings Before Interest, Tax, Depreciation & Amortisation
EPSEarning per share
FOMCFederal Open Markets Committee (USA)
FP&AFinancial Planning and Analysis
FTSE(The) Financial Times Stock Exchange (e.g. 100 share index)
GIIGlobal Innovation Index
ICAInstitute of Chartered Accountants
ICAAInstitute of Chartered Accountants of Australia
IMFInternational Monetary Fund
IPOInitial Public offering
LBOLevered Buy-Out
LEPOLow Exercise Price Option
M&AMergers & Acquisitions
MBAMaster of Business Administration
MBIManagement Buy-In
MBOManagement Buy-Out
NASDAQNational Association of Securities Dealers Automated Quotation
NYSENew York Stock Exchange
OECDOrganisation for Economic Co-operation & Development
PEPrivate Equity
PERPrice to Earnings Ratio
PINPersonal Identification Number
PPMPrivate Placement Memorandum
R&DResearch & Development
SDGsSustainable Development Goals
SFESydney Futures Exchange
SMESmall and Medium Enterprises
SOPStandard Operating Procedure
SPACSpecial Purpose Acquisition Company
SPIThe Society for Practitioners of Insolvency (in London)
USMUnlisted Securities Market
VCVenture Capital
WACCWeighted Average Cost of Capital


AESTAustralian Eastern Standard Time
AFDAcronym Free Day
ATQAnswer the question
BBQBarbe et Cue (generic French for Head to tail)
CFCChloro Fluoro Carbons
CRAFTCan’t remember a ****ing thing
DCDistrict of Columbia (USA)
GIGOGarbage In, Garbage Out
ISICInternational Student Identity Card
MOModus Operandum
MSGMono Sodium Glutamate
NEWSNorth, East, West and South
PDQPretty Damn Quick
SOSSave our Souls
TBATo Be Arranged/Announced
TIPTo Insure Promptitude
VSUVoluntary Student Unionism
WCBWill Call Back
WUBWater Under (the) Bridge
ZOPAZone Of Possible Agreement

Government and Tax

AAFAdvance Australia Fair (The National Anthem)
ABCAudit Bureau of Circulation
ACCCAustralian Competition & Consumer Commission
ADRAustralian Design Rules
ATOAustralian Tax Office
ATSICAboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Commission
CASACivil Aviation Safety Authority
CGTCapital Gains Tax
CSIROCommonwealth Science Institute Research Organisation
DOEDepartment of Employment, Duke of Edinburgh
DSADriving Standards Agency
DWPDepartment of Work & Pensions
EAEnvironment Agency (The)
EEOEqual Employment Opportunities
EPAEnvironmental Protection Agency
ETPEligible Termination Payment
GGGovernor General, Horse
FACFederal Airports Corporation
ICACIndependent Commission Against Corruption
IHTInheritance Tax
ORTAOlympic Roads and Transport Authority
NAONational Audit Office (The)
NSWNew South Wales
NTNorthern Territories
PAPassport Agency (The)
PAYEPay As You Earn
PC(The Australian) Productivity Commission, Political Correctness
SASouth Australia
SOCOGSydney Olympic Committee for the Olympic Games
SPOCSydney Paralympic Organising Committee
WAWest Australia


ACRONYMA Clever Ruse Of Nudging Your Memory
ALITALIA1. Always late In Take-off, Always Late In Arrival
2. Absolutely luscious Italian Tarts Attending Lovingly In Airlines
3. Aircraft Lands In Turin, All Luggage In Amsterdam
4. Always late in takeoff, always late in arrival
AMPAbsolutely Masses of profits
BEABarely Ever Airborne
COPSChronic Old Person’s Disease
CMLCareer Limiting Move
DELTA1. Doesn’t Ever Leave The Airport / 2. Don’t expect luggage to arrive
DIETDo I Eat Today
EMAPEvery Meeting a Party
FIATFix It Again Tony
HNGHi ‘n Goodbye (Sleepless in Seattle)
IBERIAIn-flight Breakfast Experience Really Is Awful
JPFJudean People’s Front (Life of Brian)
LIAT1. Leeward Islands Air Transport / 2. Luggage In Another Town
LUFTHANSALets U Fondle The Hostesses And Nobody Says Anything
MFEOMade for Each Other (Sleepless in Seattle)
MFIMade for Idiots; Must Find Instructions
OLYMPICOnassis Likes Your Money Paid In Cash
PORSCHE Proof Of Rich Spoiled Children Having Everything
RTFMRead the Frigging Manual
S.H.I.T.Ship High In Transit
TLAThree Letter Acronym
TWATiny Winy Afro
VBGVery Big Grin
VPLVisible Panty Line
ZOPAZone Of Possible Agreement
WYSIWYGWhat You See Is What You Get
The Andersen/Enron subsection (2002):
EBITDAEarnings Before I Tricked The Dumb Auditor
EBITEarnings Before Irregularities and Tampering
CEOChief Embezzlement Officer
CFOCorporate Fraud Officer
NAVNormal Andersen Valuation
EPSEventual Prison Sentence


EPNSElectro-plated nickel steel
EPSElectro-plated Steel
FMCGFast Moving Consumer Goods

Internet / Text Talk

ASAPAs soon as possible
BAEBefore anyone else
BF / GFBoyfriend / Girlfriend
BFFBest friends forever
BFFLBest friends for life
BFNBye for now
BRBBe right back
BTWBy the way
DIYDo it yourself
DMDirect message
DPDisplay picture
FTWFor the win
FYIFor your information
G2GGot to go
HMU Hit me up
IDCI don’t care
IDKI don’t know
IFYPI feel your pain
ILYI love you
IMOIn my opinion
IMUI miss you
IRLIn real life
JKJust kidding
LMAOLaugh my a** off
LMKLet me know
LOLLaugh out loud
NSFWNot safe for work
NWMNo Worries Mate
OMWOn my way
OOTDOutfit of the day
QOTDQuote of the day
RNRight now
ROFLRoll on the floor laughing
SMHShake my head
STFUShut the f*** up
TBHTo be honest
TFWThat feeling when
TTYLTalk to you later
WTFWhat the F***


ABCAustralian Broadcasting Corporation
SMHSydney Morning Herald
AFRAustralian Financial Review

Medical Profession and Health

ACLAnterior Cruciate Ligament (in knee operations)
AIDSAuto Immune Deficiency Syndrome
BSLBlood Sugar Level
DNADeoxy-ribo Nucleic Acid
ECGElectro Cardiogram
EEGElectro Encephalogram
EPOErythropoietin (Synthetic Hormone used by athletes)
FRCSFellow of the Royal College of Surgeons
FRCPFellow of the Royal College of Physicians
HDLHigh Density Lipoprotein
LDLLow Density Lipoprotein
MDDoctor of Medicine
RNARibo Nucleic Acid


AA(The) Automobile Association
ABSAnti-lock Braking System
ASRAnti Slip Regulation
ATCAir Traffic Control
AUDIAuto Union Deutsche Industries?
BARBritish American Racing (GP team)
BMWBayerische Motoren Werke (Bavarian Motor Works)
CATSComputer Active Technology Suspension
DSData Server
ESPElectronic Stability Programme
GMGeneral Motors
HSVHolden Special Vehicles
MGBMorris Garages ‘B’
MPFIMulti Point Fuel Injection
RAC(The) Royal Automobile Club
RACV(The) Royal Automobile Club of Victoria
RACQ(The) Royal Automobile Club of Queensland
SRSSupplementary Restraint System


AIMAustralian Institute of Music / Association of Independent Music
MP3MPEG Audio Layer 3
MPEGMoving Pictures Experts Group
WAVWaveform Audio File

Presentation and Public Speaking

6 PsPiss Poor Preparation leads to Piss Poor Presentation.

Procter and Gamble

CBDCustomer Business Development
NOSNet Outside Sales
MDOMarket Development Organisation
GBUGlobal Business Unit
VRVirtual Reality
GBPGlobal Business Plan
DOPATDirect Operational Profit After Tax
CRMClient Relationship Management
ERMEnterprise Relationship Management
GBSGlobal Business Service
BHAGBig Hairy Arsed Goals
SEWPStandard Enterprise Workstation Platform
P3PPlatform for Privacy Preferences
TDCTotal Delivered Cost
SKUStock Keeping Units (Retailese)
SSKUStandard Stock Keeping Unit
WOMWord of Mouth
EBITDAEarnings Before Interest, Tax, Depreciation, and Amortisation
ALITALIAAlways Late In Takeoff, Always Late In Arrivals
SABENASuch A Bad Experience Never Again
QUANTAS Queensland And Northern Territories Aerial Services

Sports and Olympics

AISAustralian Institute of Sport
AOCAustralian Olympic Committee
ARFLAustralian Rules Football League
CUBCCambridge University Boat Club
GDBOGod Damn Bloody Oxford
HRRHenley Royal Regatta
FIEFederation Internationale d’Escrime (Fencing)
FISAFederation Internationale de Sport de l’Aviron (Rowing)
FITAFederation Internationale de Tir a l’Arc (Archery)
IAAFInternational Amateur Athletics Federation
IOCInternational Olympic Committee; Important Olympic Chiefs
OCAOlympic Co-ordination Authority
OUBCOxford University Boat Club
MCGMelbourne Cricket Ground
PFDPersonal Floatation Device (life-jacket) – NSW Waterways Auth.
PTMPutney to Mortlake
SCGSydney Cricket Ground
SOBOSydney Olympic Broadcasting Organisation
SOCOGSydney Organising Committee for the Olympic Games
SOCOG (2)Some Olympic Chiefs, Other Grovellers
SPOCSydney Paralympic Organising Committee
UITUnion Internationale de Tir (Shooting)


3GThird generation mobile phone / communications services
4GForth generation communications systems
5GFifth generation communications systems
ADSLAsynchronous Digital Subscriber Line
ASPApplication Service Provider
ATMAsynchronous Transfer Mode
CITComputer Integrated Telephony
CRMCustomer Relations Management
EAIEnterprise Integration Application
ERPEnterprise Resource Planning
GPRSGeneral Packet radio system
GSMGlobal System for Mobile Communications
ISDNIntegrated Services Digital Network
PSTNPublic Switched Telephone Network
WAPWireless Application Protocol
WMLWireless Markup Language
MVNOMobile Virtual Network Operator
UMTSUniversal Mobile Telecommunications Systems (see also 3G)


B&GBusiness & Government
B& IBusiness & International
C&CCommercial & Consumer
CDMACode Division Multiple Access
CLS3(The first) Corporate LAN Standard (Based on Windows 3.1)
CLS4(The 2nd) Corporate LAN Standard
CMOCustomer Mode o f Operation
CSGCustomer Service Guarantee
DMODate Mode of Operation
EEOEqual Employment Opportunities
GMDGroup Managing Director
FMOFuture Mode of Operation
NTGNetwork Technology Group
PICMPerformance Improvement & Conduct Model
PRDPPerformance Review and Development Process
TOPTelstra Operating Principle (see also SOP)
USOUniversal Service Obligation
VONVoice on Net (Internet)


CISCustomer Information System (see also RJIS)
CCTVClose Circuit Television
LEDLiquid Electric Digital (display)
LGWLondon Glasgow Western
LNERLondon North Eastern Railway
LICCLocal Information Control Centre
RJISReal-time Journey Information System (see also CIS)
SWTSouth West Trains
TFLTransport for London
DLRDocklands Light Railway