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
LIATLuggage In Another Town / Leeward Islands Air Transport

Business Jargon

AcronymMeaning
BAUBusiness As Usual
COBClose of Business
EODEnd of Day
EOPEnd of Play
FMCGFast Moving Consumer Goods
KPIKey Performance Indicator
NRNNo Reply Necessary
NSFWNot Safe For Work
OBRThe Office for Budget Responsibility (a non-departmental public body funded by the UK Treasury, that the UK government established to provide independent economic forecasts and independent analysis of the public finances.
ONSOffice for National Statistics
OOO                     Out of Office
RPIRetail Price Index (measure of inflation)
RPIXRetail Prices Index Excluding Mortgage Interest Payments (UK) 
WFH                     Working from Home

Corporate / Company names

AcronymMeaning
3i                            Investors In Industry
3M                        Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company
AAMIAustralian Automotive Motor Insurance
AAPAssociated Architects Partnerships
ABNAlgemene Bank Nederlands
AMPAustralian Mutual Provident (Society)
AMROAmsterdam-Rotterdam
ANZAustralia and New Zealand Banking Corporation
AT&TAmerican Telephone & Telegraph
AUDI    Auto Union Deutsche Industries
AWBAustralian Wheat Board
BA  British Airways
BAE   British Aerospace
BBC British Broadcasting Corporation
BCGBoston Consulting Group
BHPBroken Hill Proprietary Ltd
BMCBritish Motor Corporation
BMWBayerische Motoren Werke
BRITBenfield and Rea Brothers Investment Trust
BT       British Telecom/Bankers Trust
BTRBritish Tough Rubber
BZWBarclays de Zoete Wedd
CBACommonwealth Bank of Australia
CCOChief Commercial Officer
CEOChief Executive Officer
CFOChief Financial Officer
CIBCCanadian International Banking Corporation
CIOChief Investment Officer
CMBCarnaud Metal Box
CMLColes Myer Ltd
CMO Chief Marketing Officer / Chief Medical Officer
COOChief Operating Officer
CSFBCredit Suisse First Boston
CSGCorporate Services Group
CTO Chief Technical Officer
CVCCitibank Venture Capital
DMGDeutsche Morgan Grenfell
EMAPEast Midlands Allied Press
EYErnst & Young
FIATFabbrica Italiana Automobile Torino
GIOGovernment Insurance Office
GPBGrant Pearson Brown (Consulting Ltd)
GSK                       GlaxoSmithKline
HSBCHongKong Shanghai Banking Corporation
IBMInternational Business Machines
ICI                          Imperial Chemicals Industry
ITV                        Independent Television
KPMG                  Klynveld Peat Marwick Goerdeler (1987)
MGB1. Myer Grace Brothers 2. Morris Garages ‘B’
MLC1. Meat & Livestock Commission 2. Methodist Ladies’ College
MMIMoney Management International
MNCMulti-National Corporation
NED                      Non-Executive Director
NRMANational Road and Motorist Association
P&OPeninsular & Oriental
PAT                       Portable Appliance Testing
PsionPotter Scientific Instruments On
PwC                      Price Waterhouse Coopers
QANTAS              Queensland and Northern Territories Aerial Services
SASScandinavian Air Services
SBCSwiss Banking Corporation
TGIFThank God It’s Friday!
TNTTri Nitro Toluene – an explosive
UBSUnion/United Bank of Switzerland (now neither)
UPSUnited Parcel Service
VWVolks Wagen

Countries and International Bodies

NameMeaning
ANTNetherlands Antilles
APAC Asia-Pacific
AREUnited Arab Emirates
ASEAN                 Association of Southeast Asian Nations
ATFFrench Southern Territories
AUSAustralia
AUTAustria
AZArizona
AZEAzerbaijan
BDIBurundi
BELBelgium
BENBenin
BESBonaire, Saint Eustatius and Saba
BFABurkina Faso
BGDBangladesh
BGRBulgaria
BHRBahrain
BHSBahamas
BIHBosnia and Herzegovina
BLMSaint Barthelemy
BLRBelarus
BLZBelize
BMUBermuda
BOLBolivia
BRABrazil
BRBBarbados
BRNBrunei
BTNBhutan
BVTBouvet Island
BWABotswana
CACalifornia
CAFCentral African Republic
CANCanada
CCKCocos Islands
CHESwitzerland
CHLChile
CHNChina
CIVIvory Coast
CMRCameroon
CODDemocratic Republic of the Congo
COGRepublic of the Congo
COKCook Islands
COLColombia
COMComoros
COP-x                  xth Session of the Conference of Parties
CPVCape Verde
CRICosta Rica
CUBCuba
CUWCuracao
CXRChristmas Island
CYMCayman Islands
CYPCyprus
CZECzech Republic
DCDistrict of Columbia
DESA                     (UN) Department of Economic & Social Affairs
DEUGermany
DJIDjibouti
DMADominica
DNKDenmark
DOMDominican Republic
DRC                       Democratic Republic of the Congo
ECUEcuador
EFTA                      European Free Trade Association
EGYEgypt
ERIEritrea
ESHWestern Sahara
ESPSpain
ESTEstonia
ETHEthiopia
FINFinland
FISA                      Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (USA)
FJIFiji
FLFlorida
FLKFalkland Islands
FRAFrance
FROFaroe Islands
FSMMicronesia
GAGeorgia
GABGabon
GATT                    General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade
GBRGreat Britian
GEOGeorgia
GGYGuernsey
GHAGhana
GIBGibraltar
GINGuinea
GLPGuadeloupe
GMBGambia
GNBGuinea-Bissau
GNQEquatorial Guinea
GRCGreece
GRDGrenada
GRLGreenland
GTMGuatemala
GUFFrench Guiana
GUMGuam
GUYGuyana
HFEA                    Human Fertilisation & Embryology Authority
HKGHong Kong
HMDHeard Island and McDonald Islands
HNDHonduras
HRVCroatia
HTIHaiti
HUNHungary
ICJ                         International Court of Justice
IDNIndonesia
ILIllinois
IMF                       International Monetary Fund
IMNIsle of Man
INDIndia
INTERPOL           International Crime Police Organization
IOTBritish Indian Ocean Territory
IRLIreland
IRNIran
IRQIraq
IRS                         Internal Revenue Service (USA)
ISLIceland
ISRIsrael
ITAItaly
JAMJamaica
JEYJersey
JORJordan
JPNJapan
KAZKazakhstan
KENKenya
KGZKyrgyzstan
KHMCambodia
KIRKiribati
KNASaint Kitts and Nevis
KORSouth Korea
KWTKuwait
KYKentucky
LALouisiana
LAOLaos
LBNLebanon
LBRLiberia
LBYLibya
LCASaint Lucia
LIELiechtenstein
LKASri Lanka
LSOLesotho
LTULithuania
LUXLuxembourg
LVALatvia
MACMacao
MAFSaint Martin
MARMorocco
MCOMonaco
MDAMoldova
MDGMadagascar
MDVMaldives
MEXMexico
MHLMarshall Islands
MKDMacedonia
MLIMali
MLTMalta
MMRMyanmar
MNEMontenegro
MNGMongolia
MNPNorthern Mariana Islands
MOZMozambique
MRTMauritania
MSRMontserrat
MTQMartinique
MUSMauritius
MWIMalawi
MYSMalaysia
MYTMayotte
NAFTA                 North American Free Trade Agreement
NAMNamibia
NASA                   National Aeronautics and Space Administration
NATO                   North Atlantic Treaty Organization
NCNorth Carolina
NCLNew Caledonia
NDNorth Dakota
NERNiger
NFKNorfolk Island
NGANigeria
NICNicaragua
NIUNiue
NJNew Jersey
NLDNetherlands
NORNorway
NPLNepal
NRUNauru
NYNew York
NZLNew Zealand
OMNOman
OPEC                    Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries
OSHA                   Occupational Safety and Health Administration
PAKPakistan
PANPanama
PCNPitcairn
PERPeru
PHLPhilippines
PLWPalau
PNGPapua New Guinea
POLPoland
PRIPuerto Rico
PRKNorth Korea
PRTPortugal
PRYParaguay
PSEPalestinian Territory
PYFFrench Polynesia
QATQatar
REUReunion
RIRhode Island
ROURomania
RUSRussia
RWARwanda
SA                          South Africa/Saudi Arabia
SAUSaudi Arabia
SCGSerbia and Montenegro
SDNSudan
SENSenegal
SGPSingapore
SGSSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
SHNSaint Helena
SJMSvalbard and Jan Mayen
SLBSolomon Islands
SLESierra Leone
SLVEl Salvador
SMRSan Marino
SOMSomalia
SPMSaint Pierre and Miquelon
SRBSerbia
SSDSouth Sudan
STPSao Tome and Principe
SURSuriname
SVKSlovakia
SVNSlovenia
SWESweden
SWZSwaziland
SXMSint Maarten
SYCSeychelles
SYRSyria
TCATurks and Caicos Islands
TCDChad
TGOTogo
THAThailand
TJKTajikistan
TKLTokelau
TKMTurkmenistan
TLSEast Timor
TONTonga
TTOTrinidad and Tobago
TUNTunisia
TURTurkey
TUVTuvalu
TWNTaiwan
TXTexas
TZATanzania
UAE                      United Arab Emirates
UGAUganda
UKRUnited Kingdom
UKRUkraine
UMIUnited States Minor Outlying Islands
UN                        United Nations
UNESCO              United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
UNHCR                UN High Commissioner for Refugees
UNICEF                United Nations Children’s Fund
URYUruguay
USAUnited States
UZBUzbekistan
VATVatican
VCTSaint Vincent and the Grenadines
VENVenezuela
VGBBritish Virgin Islands
VIRU.S. Virgin Islands
VNMVietnam
VUTVanuatu
WHO                    World Health Organization
WLFWallis and Futuna
WSMSamoa
WTO                     World Trade Organization
WWF                    World Wildlife Fund
XXKKosovo
YEMYemen
YMCA                   Young Men’s Christian Association
ZAFSouth Africa
ZMBZambia
ZWEZimbabwe

Currencies

NameMeaning
AUDAustralia Dollar
GBPGreat Britain Pound
EUREuro
JPYJapan Yen
CHFSwitzerland Franc
USDUSA Dollar
AFNAfghanistan Afghani
ALLAlbania Lek
DZDAlgeria Dinar
AOAAngola Kwanza
ARSArgentina Peso
AMDArmenia Dram
AWGAruba Florin
AUDAustralia Dollar
ATS (EURO)Austria Schilling
BEF (EURO)Belgium Franc
AZNAzerbaijan New Manat
BSDBahamas Dollar
BHDBahrain Dinar
BDTBangladesh Taka
BBDBarbados Dollar
BYRBelarus Ruble
BZDBelize Dollar
BMDBermuda Dollar
BTNBhutan Ngultrum
BOBBolivia Boliviano
BAMBosnia Mark
BWPBotswana Pula
BRLBrazil Real
GBPGreat Britain Pound
BNDBrunei Dollar
BGNBulgaria Lev
BIFBurundi Franc
XOFCFA Franc BCEAO
XAFCFA Franc BEAC
XPFCFP Franc
KHRCambodia Riel
CADCanada Dollar
CVECape Verde Escudo
KYDCayman Islands Dollar
CLPChili Peso
CNYChina Yuan/Renminbi
COPColombia Peso
KMFComoros Franc
CDFCongo Franc
CRCCosta Rica Colon
HRKCroatia Kuna
CUCCuba Convertible Peso
CUPCuba Peso
CYP (EURO)Cyprus Pound
CZKCzech Koruna
DKKDenmark Krone
DJFDjibouti Franc
DOPDominican Republich Peso
XCDEast Caribbean Dollar
EGPEgypt Pound
SVCEl Salvador Colon
EEK (EURO)Estonia Kroon
ETBEthiopia Birr
EUREuro
FKPFalkland Islands Pound
FIM (EURO)Finland Markka
FJDFiji Dollar
GMDGambia Dalasi
GELGeorgia Lari
DMK (EURO)Germany Mark
GHSGhana New Cedi
GIPGibraltar Pound
GRD (EURO)Greece Drachma
GTQGuatemala Quetzal
GNFGuinea Franc
GYDGuyana Dollar
HTGHaiti Gourde
HNLHonduras Lempira
HKDHong Kong Dollar
HUFHungary Forint
ISKIceland Krona
INRIndia Rupee
IDRIndonesia Rupiah
IRRIran Rial
IQDIraq Dinar
IED (EURO)Ireland Pound
ILSIsrael New Shekel
ITL (EURO)Italy Lira
JMDJamaica Dollar
JPYJapan Yen
JODJordan Dinar
KZTKazakhstan Tenge
KESKenya Shilling
KWDKuwait Dinar
KGSKyrgyzstan Som
LAKLaos Kip
LVL (EURO)Latvia Lats
LBPLebanon Pound
LSLLesotho Loti
LRDLiberia Dollar
LYDLibya Dinar
LTL (EURO)Lithuania Litas
LUF (EURO)Luxembourg Franc
MOPMacau Pataca
MKDMacedonia Denar
MGAMalagasy Ariary
MWKMalawi Kwacha
MYRMalaysia Ringgit
MVRMaldives Rufiyaa
MTL (EURO)Malta Lira
MROMauritania Ouguiya
MURMauritius Rupee
MXNMexico Peso
MDLMoldova Leu
MNTMongolia Tugrik
MADMorocco Dirham
MZNMozambique New Metical
MMKMyanmar Kyat
ANGNL Antilles Guilder
NADNamibia Dollar
NPRNepal Rupee
NLG (EURO)Netherlands Guilder
NZDNew Zealand Dollar
NIONicaragua Cordoba Oro
NGNNigeria Naira
KPWNorth Korea Won
NOKNorway Kroner
OMROman Rial
PKRPakistan Rupee
PABPanama Balboa
PGKPapua New Guinea Kina
PYGParaguay Guarani
PENPeru Nuevo Sol
PHPPhilippines Peso
PLNPoland Zloty
PTE (EURO)Portugal Escudo
QARQatar Rial
RONRomania New Lei
RUBRussia Rouble
RWFRwanda Franc
WSTSamoa Tala
STDSao Tome/Principe Dobra
SARSaudi Arabia Riyal
RSDSerbia Dinar
SCRSeychelles Rupee
SLLSierra Leone Leone
SGDSingapore Dollar
SKK (EURO)Slovakia Koruna
SIT (EURO)Slovenia Tolar
SBDSolomon Islands Dollar
SOSSomali Shilling
ZARSouth Africa Rand
KRWSouth Korea Won
ESP (EURO)Spain Peseta
LKRSri Lanka Rupee
SHPSt Helena Pound
SDGSudan Pound
SRDSuriname Dollar
SZLSwaziland Lilangeni
SEKSweden Krona
CHFSwitzerland Franc
SYPSyria Pound
TWDTaiwan Dollar
TZSTanzania Shilling
THBThailand Baht
TOPTonga Pa’anga
TTDTrinidad/Tobago Dollar
TNDTunisia Dinar
TRYTurkish New Lira
TMMTurkmenistan Manat
USDUSA Dollar
UGXUganda Shilling
UAHUkraine Hryvnia
UYUUruguay Peso
AEDUnited Arab Emirates Dirham
VUVVanuatu Vatu
VEBVenezuela Bolivar
VNDVietnam Dong
YERYemen Rial
ZMKZambia Kwacha
ZWDZimbabwe Dollar

Education

Acronym Meaning
ASYEAssessed and Supported Year in Employment
BABachelor of Arts
BEngBachelor of Engineering
BScBachelor of Science
BTECBusinEss and Technology Education Council
CPECommon Professional Examination in Law
GDLGraduate Diploma in Law
LLBBachelor of Law
LLMMaster of Laws
LPCLegal Practice Course
MScMaster of Science
PGCEPostgraduate Certificate in Education
PhDDoctor of Philosophy

Electronics and Technology

AcronymMeaning
ACAlternating Current
AGPAccelerated Graphics Port (Fujitsu)
AITAdvanced Intelligent Tape (Sony)
AMEAdvanced Metal Evaporated (Sony)
AMRAudio Modem Riser (Fujitsu)
BIOSBasic Input/Output System
CCDCharged Couled Device
CDCompact Disc
CD-DACompact Disc-Digital Audio (Sony)
CDMACode Division Multiple Access
CD-RCompact Disc-Recordable
CD-ROMCompact Disc-Read Only Memory
CD-ROM(Computer Disc) Read Only Memory
CD-RWCompact Disc-Re-Writer
CGICommon Gateway Interface
CNRCommunication and Networking Riser (Slot)
CPUCentral Processing Unit
CRMCustomer Relationship Management
DAODisco At Once
DATDigital Audio Tape
DCDirect Current
DCRData Connection Resource
DDCDisplay Data Channel (Sony)
DDR-SDRAMDouble Data Rate-Synchronous DRAM
DDSDigital Data Storage (Sony)
DIMMDual In-line Memory Module
DMADirect memory Access
DSCDigital Signal Processing (Sony)
DVDDigital Video (or Versatile) Disk
DVDDigital Video Disc
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
LCDLiquid Crystal Display
MICMemory in Cassette (Sony)
MIDIMusical Instrument Digital Interface
MIMEMulti-purpose Internet Mail Extensions
MOMagneto Optical (Sony)
MP3MPEG Audio Layer 3
MPEGMotion Picture Experts Group
MTBFMean Time Between Failures
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
RBGRed Blue Green (Big Screen Projector)
ROMRead Only Memory
SAOSession At Once
SAPSysteme Anwendungen Produkte (or in English ‘Systems Applications Products’)
SCSISmall Computer Systems Interface
SETSecure Electronic Transaction
SFASales Force Automation
SIMSubscriber Information/ Identity Modules (there are several definitions)
SLIPSerial Line Internet Protocol
SMTPSimple Mail Transport Protocol
TAOTrack At Once
TCPTransmission Control Protocol
TVTelevision
URLUniform/Universal Resource Locator (eg. www.gpb.eu)
VCRVideo Cassette Recorder
VDUVisual Display Unit
VDUVisual Display Unit
VONVoice on Net (Internet)
VRMLVirtual Reality Modelling Language
WANWide Area Network
WWWWorld Wide Web
XMLExtensible Mark-up Language

Environmental and Governance

AcronymMeaning
ESG                       Environmental, Social and Governance
SDG                      Social Development Goal(s), officially known as: Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
UNPRI                  United Nations’ Principles for Responsible Investment

Financial Services / Banking

AcronymMeaning
AD                         Admission Document
ADRAmerican Depository Receipt
AIMAlternative Investment Market
ASCAustralian Securities Commission
ASCPAAustralian Society of Certified Practising Accountants
ASICAustralian Securities and Investment Commission
ASXAustralian Stock Exchange
ATMAutomated Teller Machine
AUMAsset Under Management
BACS                    Bankers Automated Clearing Services
BRWBusiness Review Weekly
CAGRCompound Annual Growth Rate
CHAPS                 Clearing House Automated Payments System
CPIConsumer Price Index
CRBCommodity Research Bureau
DCFDiscounted Cash Flow
DM                        Developed Markets
DPIDistribution to Paid-In Capital
EBiTDA                Earnings before Interest, Depreciation and Amortisation
EBiTDAE              Earnings before Interest, Depreciation, Amortisation and Exceptional items
EBiTDAR              Earnings before Interest, Depreciation, Amortisation and Rent (and/or Restructuring) costs
EBiTDARM          Earnings before Interest, Depreciation, Amortisation, Rent (and/or Restructuring) costs and Management fees
EM                        Emerging Markets
EPSEarning per share
FOMCFederal Open Markets Committee (USA)
FP&AFinancial Planning and Analysis
FTSE                      Financial Times Stock Exchange
GC                         Growth Capital
GIIGlobal Innovation Index
GM                       Gross Margin
IBAN                     International Bank Account Number
IC                           Investment Committee
ICAInstitute of Chartered Accountants
ICAAInstitute of Chartered Accountants of Australia
IM                         Investment Memorandum
IMFInternational Monetary Fund
IPOInitial Public offering
IRR                        Internal Rate of Return
LBOLevered Buy-Out
LBS                        London Business School
LDC                       Lesser Developed Countries/Local District Councils
LEPOLow Exercise Price Option
LSE                        London Stock Exchange/London School of Economics
M&AMergers & Acquisitions
MBAMaster of Business Administration
MBIManagement Buy-In
MBOManagement Buy-Out
MM                      Money Multiple (popular in Private Equity)
NASDAQNational Association of Securities Dealers Automated Quotation
NYSENew York Stock Exchange
OECDOrganisation for Economic Co-operation & Development
PAT                       Profit After Tax
PAYE                     Pay As You Earn
PBT                       Profit before Tax
PEPrivate Equity
PER                       Price Earnings Ratio
PFI                         Private Finance Initiative
PINPersonal Identification Number
PPM                     Private Placement Memorandum (also Parts per Million in Science)
PPP                       Public Private Partnerships
R&DResearch & Development
ROI                        Return on Investment
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

Government and Tax

AcronymMeaning
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
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
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

Humorous / Rude / Offensive

AcronymMeaning
ACRONYMA Clever Ruse Of Nudging Your Memory
ALITALIAAlways late In Take-off, Always Late In Arrival
Absolutely Luscious Italian Tarts Attending Lovingly In Airlines
Aircraft Lands In Turin, All Luggage In Amsterdam
COPSChronic Old Person’s Disease
CMLCareer Limiting Move
DELTADoesn’t Ever Leave The Airport
Don’t expect luggage to arrive
DIETDo I Eat Today
DINKIE                 Dual Income, no kids (1980s)
EMAPEvery Meeting a Party / Every Manager’s a Poof
FIATFix It Again Tony
HNGHi ‘n Goodbye (Sleepless in Seattle)
IBERIAIn-flight Breakfast Experience Really Is Awful
IMHO                   In my humble opinion
JPFJudean People’s Front (Life of Brian)
LUFTHANSALets U Fondle The Hostesses And Nobody Says Anything
MFEOMade for Each Other (Sleepless in Seattle)
MFIMade for Idiots; Must Find Instructions
OMG                     Oh my God
OLYMPICOnassis Likes Your Money Paid In Cash
PORSCHE Proof Of Rich Spoiled Children Having Everything
S.H.I.T.Ship High In Transit
STFUShut The F*** Up
TLAThree Letter Acronym
VBGVery Big Grin
VOLVO                 Very Odd Looking Vehicular Object/Owner; Violation Of Law: Vehicular Obesity
WAA                     Weird and Awkward
WOG                    Western Oriental Gentleman
WTF                      What the F***
WYSIWYGWhat You See Is What You Get
YUPPIE                Young Upwardly-mobile Professional Person (1980s)
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

Journalism

AcronymMeaning
ABCAustralian Broadcasting Corporation
SMHSydney Morning Herald
AFRAustralian Financial Review

Motoring

AcronymMeaning
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

Music

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

Pharmaceutical / Medical

AcronymMeaning
ACLAnterior Cruciate Ligament (in knee operations)
AIDSAuto Immune Deficiency Syndrome
ARV                      Anti retro viral (drug)
BCG                       Bacillus Calmette–Guérin (a vaccine)
BSLBlood Sugar Level
CMC                     Chemical Manufacturing Controls
COVID                  Corona Virus disease
DNADeoxy-ribo Nucleic Acid
ECGElectro Cardiogram
EEGElectro Encephalogram
EPOErythropoietin (Synthetic Hormone used by athletes)
FDA                       Federal Drug Administation
FRCPFellow of the Royal College of Physicians
FRCSFellow of the Royal College of Surgeons
HbA1c                  Haemoglobin, glycosated, type Adult 1c (type 1c makes up about 2/3rds of hemoglobin with glucose attached; measures sugar levels in blood)
HDLHigh Density Lipoprotein
HIV                        Human Immune-deficiency Virus
IVF                        In Vitro Fertilisation
LDLLow Density Lipoprotein
MDDoctor of Medicine
NHS                      National Health Service
RNARibo Nucleic Acid
TB                          Tubercolosis

Presenting & Public Speaking

AcronymMeaning
6 PsPiss Poor Preparation leads to Piss Poor Presentation.

Procter and Gamble

AcronymMeaning
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

Science and Engineering

AcronymMeaning
AIArtificial Intelligence
ARAugmented Reality
ECSOEuropean Cyber Security Organization
ESGEnvironmental Social & Governance
EVElectric Vehicle
Gb                         Gigabytes
HOMER               (the 5 steps in Scientific method) Hypothesize, Operationalise, Measure, Evaluate, Replicate/revise/report
ICTInformation and Communications Technology
IoTInternet of Things
IPIntellectual Property
LASER                   Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation
LEDLight-Emitting Diode
LED                        Light Emitting Diode
Mb                        Megabytes
MLMachine Learning
OLEDOrganic Light-Emitting Diode
PV                         Photo Voltaic (e.g. solar panels)
RADAR                 RAdio Detection And Ranging
RFIDRadio Frequence Identification
SaaSSoftware-as-a-Service
SI UnitsStandard International units ( e.g. metres, seconds, ampere, Kelvin, kilograms)
TASER                  Thomas A Swift Electric Rifle
Tb                          Terabytes

Social / Cultural

AcronymMeaning
ABC                       Always Be Changing/Always Be Closing/Active Body Control/American Born Chinese/Automatic Brightness Control/Alpha Bravo Charlie/Anything But Chardonnay
ASAPAs Soon As Possible
ATQAnswer The Question
BAEBefore Anyone Else
BBQBarbe et Cue (generic French for Head to tail)
BF / GFBoyfriend / Girlfriend
BFFBest Friends Forever
BFFLBest Friends For Life
BFNBye For Now
BRBBe Right Back
BTWBy The Way
CBD                       Central Business District/Convention On Biological Diversity
CRAFTCan’t Remember A F****** Thing
DIYDo It Yourself
DMDirect Message
DPDisplay Picture
E.G.                       Exempli Gratia (Latin, Meaning ‘For Example’)
FAQ                      Frequently Asked Questions
FTWFor The Win
FYIFor Your Information
G2GGot To Go
HMU Hit Me Up
I.E.                         Id Est (Latin, Meaning ‘That Is’)
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
LGBTQIAUCPLesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, Intersex, Asexual, Unsure, Curious, Pansexual
LMAOLaugh My A** Off
LMKLet Me Know
LOLLaugh Out Loud
NSFWNot Safe For Work
NWMNo Worries Mate
OMWOn My Way
OOTDOutfit Of The Day
PDQPretty Damn Quick
QED                      Quad Erat Demonstrandum (Rhus It Has Been Shown)
QOTDQuote Of The Day
RNRight Now
ROFLRoll On The Floor Laughing
SMHShake My Head
SOSSave Our Souls
SPAM                   Special Processed American Meat” Or “Spiced Ham
SWAT                   Special Weapons And Tactics Unit
TBATo Be Arranged/Announced
TBHTo Be Honest
TFWThat Feeling When
TOWIE                 The Only Way Is Essex
TTYLTalk To You Later
TWATiny Winy Afro
WCBWill Call Back
WUBWater Under (The) Bridge
WYSIWYG           What You See Is What You Get
ZOPAZone Of Possible Agreement

Sports & Olympics

Acroynym Meaning
AISAustralian Institute of Sport
AOCAustralian Olympic Committee
ARFLAustralian Rules Football League
CUBCCambridge University Boat Club
FIA                        Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile
FIEFederation Internationale d’Escrime (Fencing)
FIFA                      Fédération Internationale de Football Association
FISA                      Fédération Internationale des Sociétés d’Aviron
FITAFederation Internationale de Tir a l’Arc (Archery)
GDBOGod Damn Bloody Oxford
HRRHenley Royal Regatta
IAAFInternational Amateur Athletics Federation
IAAF                      International Association of Athletics Federations
IOC                        International Olympic Committee
MCGMelbourne Cricket Ground
NOC                      National Olympic Committee
NRA                      National Rifle Association (USA)
OCAOlympic Co-ordination Authority
OUBCOxford University Boat Club
PFDPersonal Floatation Device (life-jacket) – NSW Waterways Auth.
PTMPutney to Mortlake
SCGSydney Cricket Ground
SCUBA                 Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus
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)
WADA                  World Anti-Doping Agency
xOCOG                [City} Organising Committee of the Olympic Games

Telecommunications

AcroynmnMeaning
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)

Telsta

AcronymMeaning
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)

Transport

AcronymMeaning
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
RTTI Real Time Transport/Train Information
TIS Ticketing Issuing System
TOC Train Operating Company 
TOMTicket Office Machine
DLRDocklands Light Railway