B.J. Hill Jersey Everyday Acronyms: Common Acronyms that Happen in Conversation

Please browse our alphabetized list of common, everyday acronyms. If you don't find the acronym you're looking for, you may want to try searching Google by typing in the acronym plus "stands for." So, for instance, if you wanted to know the meaning of ISBN, you'd type in "ISBN stands for." This simple phrasing has turned up many hard to find acronyms that are now categorized on this web site.

24/7 - 24 Hours a Day, 7 Days a Week
AA - Alcoholics Anonymous
ABC - Already Been Chewed
AC - Air Conditioning
AD - Anno Domini ("In the Year of Our Lord")
AKA - Also Known As
AM - Ante Meridiem
ASAP - As Soon As Possible
ATM - Automated Teller Machine
B&B - Bed and Breakfast
BC - Before Christ or Because
BCE - Before the Common Era
BLT - Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato
BM - Bowel Movement
BYOB - Bring Your Own Beer
CC - Credit Card
COP - Constable On Patrol
CST - Central Standard Time
CSV - Comma Separated Value
CYA - Cover Your Ass
D&D - Dungeons and Dragons (a game created by TSR)
EOD - End Of Day
EST - Eastern Standard Time
ET - Extra Terrestrial
ETR - Early to Rise
FDR - Franklin Delano Roosevelt
FEAR - False Evidence that Appears Real
FYI - For Your Information
GC - General Contractor or Gift Certificate
GM - General Manager
GMO - Genetically Modified (usually as in "Non-GMO")
HAZ-MAT - Hazardous Material
ID - Identification
IQ - Intelligence Quotient
ISBN - International Standard Book Number
JFK - John Fitzgerald Kennedy
MC - Master of Ceremonies
MLK - Martin Luther King, Jr.
MO - Modus Operandi
MS - Manuscript
MST - Mountain Standard Time
MTG - Magic: The Gathering
MTD - Month To Date
NIB - New In the Box
NIH - Not Invented Here
NIMBY - Not In My Backyard
OJ - Orange Juice
PBJ - Peanut Butter and Jelly
PC - Politically Correct
PDA - Public Display of Affection
PHAT - Pretty Hot And Tempting
PI - Private Investigator
PIN - Personal Identification Number
PM - Post Meridiem
PMB - Personal Mail Box
PMS - Premenstrual Syndrome
POA - Power Of Attorney
POSH - Port Out, Starboard Home
PPS - Post Post Script
PR - Public Relations
PS - Post Script
PSI - Pounds Per Square Inch
PST - Pacific Standard Time
PTO - Paid Time Off
Q&A - Question and Answer
R&R - Rest and Relaxation
RBG - Red, Blue, Green
RIP - Rest in Peace
ROYGBIV - Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, Violet
RPG - Role Playing Game
RSVP - Répondez S'il Vous Plaît (French for "Please reply")
SOB - Son of a B*tch
SOL - Sh*t Out of Luck
SOP - Standard Operating Procedure
SOS - Save Our Souls
SPF - Sun Protection Factor (how sunscreen lotion is rated)
STET - Let it Stand (an editor's mark)
TBA - To Be Announced
TBD - To Be Determined
TEAM - Together Everyone Achieves More
TGIF - Thank God It's Friday
TIA - Thanks In Advance
TIP - To Insure Promptness
TLC - Tender Loving Care
UFO - Unidentified Flying Object
UPC - Universal Product Code
VIP - Very Important Person
WASP - White Anglo Saxon Protestant
WOM - Word of Mouth
WTB - Want To Buy
YTD - Year To Date