Here are a selection of acronyms, from those we've compiled and those sent to us by you, the reader. Please note: technically, some of those listed below are initialisms as acronyms strictly have to be able to be said. Know any more? Then send them to us!
Attention, Interest, Desire, Action. A sales acronym, apparently useful to bear in mind.
- also known as. Universally recognised and understood.
Always Listen First. Something most people don't do!
Absent Without Leave. A military acronym, now applied to anyone who disappears.
- Benefits Are Better. Rallying cry of some workshy individuals.
- Boss Is Back On Your Site. Time to close the paper and start work again.
Break It Down. A training acronym, because you should never teach anyone everything at once. Well you can try, just to see if they can cope with it.
- Bacon lettuce tomato. The essential sandwich to get through the day.
Before My Time. What a new recruit replies to 90% of the conversations with.
Buy One Get One For Free. Marketing phrase. As in 'double the price, then offer a BOGOFF'.
By The Way. Another universally used and recognised abbreviation, fulled by email and electronic communications.
But Unfortunately Not Dead Yet. Medical speak for annoying patients.
- Crap And Really Expensive. Also known as Management Consultants.
Can't Remember A Fu**ing Thing. Refers to any corporate training event.
Double Income No Kids Yet. Recognised by referring to their pet dog or cat as though it were a human. May also own property.
Errors and Omissions Excepted. Another common one, used to disclaim any advert. Gist: whatever we said you can't sue us if it was wrong.
Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation, and Amortization. Finance speak, don't worry about it.
Features, Advantages, Benefits. If it sounds like a marketing acronym, then it probably is. The idea is no-one wants a car that goes fast and is red, they want to be able to amaze their friends and become more popular.
Forget Everything And Run. The boss has just sold all his shares in the company.
First In First Out. HR mantra. Allegedly also an accounting phrase.
- Funny Looking Kid; doctors note.
Free Of Charge. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
Garbage In Garbage Out. Computing term.
Guardian Reader Of Limited Intelligence
Hyper-Text Transfer Protocol. Look at the web site address.
Investors In People. Employers like to get this before their next bout of right-sizing.
In My Humble Opinion. Commonly used, widely understood.
Keep It Simple Stupid. Applies to most things.
Key Performance Indicator. Business speak.
Last In First Out Computing term.
Lights On But Nobody's At Home. If you need this explained, you know you're a LOBNAH.
- laughing out loud. Misleading because never accompanied with an audible laugh.
- Loads of Money but a Right Dipstick - from Sean.
Management By Wandering Around. Estimated to describe 83% of managers.
Neuro-Linguistic Programming. If you visualise yourself scoring a goal, you'll score a goal. See WIT.
Not In My Back-Yard. What? Building an abbatoir? NIMBY.
- Teaching term meaning 'Not Quite Right' - from Lewis Palin
Over-Head Projector. Antique equipment that was always strangely out of focus and too dim.
Problem Exists Between the Keyboard And Chair.
Political, Economic, Social, Technological. Analysis you may be asked to perform at a job interview where ABC Co., Ltd are attempting global domination, but XYZ Corporation might get there first.
Problem In Chair Not In Computer. Computer support phrase for inept technological Luddites.
- This stands for Pain In The Ass, which could be used to describe most people you know at some time or other! So next time someone's annoying you soften the blow and call them a PITA. You get to insult them and they won't know what you're on about...result! (From: Heather)
- Put Up and Shut Up. Gentle reminder to moaning staff as to their best course of action.
Quasi Autonomous Non-Governmental Organization. No, we've no idea what they contribute to society, either. But it sounds good, and that's the main thing right?
Radio Detection And Ranging. Not actually a valid acronym but nevermind.
Return On Investment. Biz speak.
Read The Fu**ing Manual. What to do before complaining something doesn't work. As used by women: Rotate the Fu**king Map, when talking to inept partner whilst lost in the middle of nowhere amidst cries of 'I know where we are honest'.
Single Income Two Children Oppressive Mortgage.
Service Level Agreement. Set it at 10,000 days and you'll never go wrong.
- Save Our Souls.
Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats. If you can't think what else to do, do a SWOT.
- There Ain't No Such Thing As A Free Lunch
Together Everyone Achieves More. Thanks to Keiron.
Tongue in Cheek. Humour mitigation.
Three Letter Acronym. What every profession is full of, and obsessed with.
That looks about right.
- Too Much Information.
Technology Without An Interesting Name. This is genuinely the standard for scanners. You'll find scanners say they are TWAIN compliant, and that's what it means!
Unique Selling Point. Why should I buy your product then?
- Work From Home. AKA cutting the grass.
What's In It For Me? A good question, not appreciated by management.
- Works In Theory. But never in practice.
- Waste of Space. Unaffectionate term for ineffective staff.
- What's The F**king Point. Response to being asked to write a 100 page document you know no-one is ever going to read.
What You See Is What You Get. Computer lingo.
Young Upwardly-mobile Professional. Another classic and universally known acronym, and like RADAR is not actually a true acronym.
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