Abbreviations are shortened forms of words or lengthy phrases



See also Acronyms

There are so many abbreviations that you may come across when looking through job adverts. To help you with your quest we thought it would be usefull to post some of the most common below:Sometimes adverts are so full of them that you may be left wondering what it is they are looking for.
AAE According to Age and Experience
ACA Associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants
ACCA Associate of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants B2B Business to Business
B2C Business to Customer/Consumer
B2E Business to Education B2G Business to Government
C or Circa Around/Approximately
CAA Civil Aviation Authority
CAD Computer Aided Design
CAM Computer Aided Manufacturing
CEO Chief Executive Officer
CIM Chartered Institute of Marketing
CIMA Chartered Institute of Management Accountants
CIPD Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development
CIPS Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply
CNC Computer Numerical Control
CPMI Computerised Personnel Management Information
CRM Customer Relationship Management
CTOChief Technical Officer
CWQU Company Wide Quality Improvement
EAP Employee Assistance Programme
eCRM Electronic Customer Relationship Management
EFTPOS Electronic Funds Transfer Point of Sale
EIS Executive Information System/Enterprise Information Systems
EMEA Europe, Middle East & Africa
EPO Enterprise Profit Optimisation
EPOS Electronic Point of Sale
ERP Enterprise Resource Planning
FCA Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants
FCCA Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants
FIFO First in First out (stock valuation)
FMCG Fast Moving Consumer Goods
FX Foreign Exchange
HRD Human Resource Development
HTML Hypertext Markup Language - programming code for web pages IIS Internet Information Server
ITInformation Technology
iTV Interactive Television
IWS Integrated Work Stations
JIT Just In Time (stock system) K Thousand
Kanban JIT method for reducing costs in high volume production lines  - derived from Japanese system - more info
KPI Key Performance Indicators
LAN Local Area Network
LEALocal Education Authority
LIFO Last In First Out (stock valuation)
M/F Male/Female
MBA Master of Business Administration
M-F Monday to Friday
MIS Management Information System
MRP Material Requisition Planning
Neg Negotiable
NPD New Product Development
NVQ National Vocational Qualification
OEM Original Equipment Manufacturer
OTC Over The Counter
OTE On Target Earnings
PA Per Annum PA Personal Assistant
PCM Per Calendar Month
PRP Performance Related Pay
QA Quality Assurance
QC Quality Control
RF Radio Frequency
SAP (stands for 'systemanalyse und programmentwicklung' honest!) - enterprise wide software solution used by large companies to integrate applications - became popular in the early 90's
SAP APO SAP's Advanced Planning Optimiser is a software solution managing global supply chain management
SLA Service Level Agreement
SMC Surface Mounted Component
SMT Surface Mounted Technology
SPC Statistical Process Control SQL Pronounced 'see-qwell', stands for Structured Query Language - a popular programming language used in databases
T0C Table of Contents
TEFL Teaching English as a Foreign Language
TPM Total Preventative Maintenance/Total Productive Maintenance
TQC Total Quality Control
TQM Total Quality Management
TWAIN - Scanning Images (Term Without An Interesting Name)
UML Unified Modelling Language - programming language
W/E Weekend
WAPWireless Application Protocol
WPM Words Per Minute
XML Extensible Markup Language - pared down version of internet code and commonly used for writing WAP applications




Noctiphobia - Fear of the night

AD, (a, ac, af, ag, al, an, ap, ar, as, at)—to: e.g. adjoin, ascend, accede, affix, aggravate, alleviate, annex, append, arrive, assimilate, attain.

AMBI, amphi—both: e.g. ambidexterous, amphibian, amphibious.

ANTE—before: antecedent, antediluvian, anticipate.

ANTI—against: e.g. antidote, antipathy, anti-aircraft, antiseptic.

ARCH—leader, chief: e.g. Archangel, Archbishop.

ARCHAE—ancient: e.g. Archaeologist, archaic.

AUTO—self: e.g. autobiography, automobile.

BENE—well: e.g. benefactor, benevolent.

BI, bis—two, twice: e.g. bisect, bilingual, biennial.

CATA, cath—down, throughout: e.g. cataract, catapult, catholic.

C1RCUM—round: e.g. circumference, circum-navigate, circumlocution.

CIS—on this side: e.g. cis-alpine.

CON, (co, com, col, cor)—with, together, e.g. connect, co-operate, combine, collaborate, corroborate.

CONTRA, counter—against: e.g. contradict, counteract, controvert.

DE—down, away from: e.g. descend, dethrone, degenerate, deflect.

DECA—ten: e.g. decagon, decalogue.

DEMI—half: e.g. demi-god.

DIA—through: e.g. diameter, diagonal.

DIS, dia—in two: e.g. dissyllable.

DIS, (di, diff)—apart, asunder: e.g. differ, dispel, divert.

DYS—ill: e.g. dysentery.

EPI—upon: e.g. epitaph.

EQUI—equal: e.g. equidistant, equivalent, equilibrium.

EU—well: e.g. eulogy, euphony.

EX, ec—out of, from:   e.g. exodus, exhume, exclude, excavate, eccentric.

EX—former: e.g. ex-policeman, ex-soldier, ex-convict.

EXTRA—beyond: e.g. extraordinary.

FORE—before: e.g. foretell, forefinger, forehead.

HEMI—half: e.g. hemisphere.

HEPTA—seven: heptagon, heptarchy.

HETERO—different: heterogeneous, heterodox.

HEXA—six: e.g. hexagon, hexameter. HOMO—the same: e.g. homogeneous, homonym.

HYPER—beyond, above: e.g. hyperbole, hyper-sensitive.

HYPO—under: e.g. hypothesis.

IN (ig, il, im, ir)—not: {These are used before adjectives) e.g. invisible.

ignoble, illegal, impure, irregular.

IN (il, im, ir, em, en)—into: {These are used before verbs)

 e.g. inject, illustrate, import, irrigate, encourage, embrace.

INTER—between: e.g. intervene, intermediate, intercept.

INTRO—within: e.g. introduce.

JUXTA—near to: e.g. juxtaposition.

MAL, male—bad: e.g. malefactor, malediction, malice, malcontent.

MET A—change: e.g. metaphor, metamorphosis, metonomy.

MIS—wrong: e.g. mislead, miscount.

MONO—alone, one: e.g. monarch, monoplane, monologue.

NE, non—not: e.g. nonsense, negation.

OB (o, oc, of, op)—against, in the way of: e.g. obstacle, obnoxious, omit, occasion, offend, oppose.

OMNI—all, universal:  e.g. omnipotent, omniscience, omnivorous.

PARA, par—beside: e.g. parallel, parable.

PENE—almost: e.g. peninsula.

PENTA—five: e.g. pentagon.

PER—through, thoroughly: e.g. perfect, percolate.

PERI—around: e.g. perimeter.

POLY—many: e.g. polygamist, polygon, polysyllabic.


POST—after: e.g. posthumous, post-mortem, postscript.

PRE—before: e.g. predecessor, preamble, precede.

PRETER—beyond: e.g. preternatural.

PRO—for: e.g. pronoun, produce, propel.

PRO—before: e.g. prologue, prognosticate.

PSEUDO—sham: e.g. pseudonym.

RE—back, again: e.g. rediscover, react, rejoin, remit.

RETRO—backwards: e.g. retrograde, retrospect.

SE—aside, apart: e.g. seclude, seduce, separate.

SEMI—half: e.g. semi-circle, semicolon.

SINE—without: e.g. sinecure.

SUB—under: e.g. submarine, subordinate, subterranean.

SUPER—above:     e.g.    superhuman,    supernatural,


SUR—above: e.g. surmount.

TRANS—across: e.g. transport, transmit, transatlantic.

TRI—three: e.g. triangle, tripod, triple, tricycle.

ULTRA—beyond: e.g. ultra-modern, ultra-violet, ultra-mundane.

VICE—in place of, for: e.g. viceroy, vice-captain, vice-president.


Explanation for Student Compendium
File Includes
A shortened form of a word or phrase.
ANU - Australian National University
An acronym is a pronounceable word formed from the first letter (or first few letters) of each word in a phrase or title. Sometimes, the newly combined letters create a new word that becomes a part of everyday language. An example of this is the acronym radar. Also includes Mnemonics
a word naming an attribute of a noun, such as sweet, red, or technical. Adjectives are words that describe or modify other words * Priest = Sacerdotal

Types of animals, Sounds the make, Where do they live, Collective names of animals

Apes - gibber, Camel live in Australia, Sahara & Arabia, names = Bull - is called a heifer

a word opposite in meaning to another (e.g. bad - good ).

Opposites = Absent - present

Big_Words for small
Small word with big word alternative
Anger - Dudgeon * bold - Audacious

A feature or quality belonging typically to a person, place, or thing and serving to identify them

A partner in crime - accomplice

Words pertaining to the church

A passage between the pews in a church - Aisle

Similar sounding words with different meanings also Homonyms

Council, an administrative or advisory body, do not confuse with counsel, advice or guidance.

All about communication see also A History of Communication
All computer terms (ASCII, Binary, Unicode)

Names given to certain towns or countries includes facts about climate

Aberdeen - The Granite City The Torrid Zone has the hottest climate Zinc - Mexico, U.S.A., Spain

Words pertaining to death

Occurring after death - posthumous

A diminutive person is short and small. A diminutive wordis a "cute" version of a word or name: for example, "duckling" is a diminutive of "duck" and Billy is a diminutive form of the name William

Cask - casket   

Famous world discoveries of countries continents, includes Australian discoverers

Matthew Flinders -discovered Bass Strait. * Lord Robert Baden-Powell founded the Boy Scouts in 1908

Explanation of a word, words in literal expressions denote what they mean according to common or dictionary usage

Aloof -To keep to oneself and not mix with others.

Gender list of male female

Actor - Actress

Countries of the world and Geographical facts

The Circumference of the earth is approxinmately 24,800 miles.

List of gods and goddesses

War - Mars

Australian and UK government with words denoting government

Australian Government

Explains grammar syntax and verbs adjectives nouns etc.

Explains various uses of nouns verbs etc.

The art of living together includes senses, elements, cardinal numbers, cardinal virtues

THE ART OF LIVING - Consideration for the feelings of others

Alphabetical list of the most important inventions

Clock (pendulum) - Christian Huygens

List of kings and queens of Britain with facts and information

EGBERT 827 - 839

Practical list of  words explained in a sentence or phrase

A book in which the events of each day are recorded - Diary

Words pertaining to marriage included anniversary gifts

A hater of marriage - misogamist

Medical terms in use today

A disease confined to a particular district or place - endemic

Metaphor is a figure of speech that makes an implicit, implied, or hidden comparison between two things that are unrelated

Sounds that things make, description of various venues or habitats, special calendar dates, Aussie slang words, Mnemonics

All Fools' Day - 1st April - Aussie slang - sounds that things make etc.

Names of persons or things, occupations, and a description of word meanings i.e. Terrestrial = Earth

Various names explained Bird of night - Owl

Words connected to nature

A four-footed animal - quadruped

a word or statement that expresses denial, disagreement, or refusal

That which cannot be pierced or penetrated - impenetrable

Explanation of nouns, COMMON Nouns, PROPER Nouns, COLLECTIVE  Nouns and ABSTRACT Nouns.

sit - seat (when to use Nouns)

Numbers of animals things i.e. A number of Cattle = herd

A number of fish taken in a net - catch, haul

a person or thing that is totally different from or the reverse of someone or something else.

Unable to read - il-literate

Special days, Aussies slang and any other items not covered in this list

Any other items that might be of interest

List of Patron Saints

St. George of England, St. Andrew of Scotland

Noctiphobia - Fear of the night

A list of places A place where bees are kept = apiary

A place where fishes are kept - aquarium

The case which is used to show possession is called the possessive case or genitive case. In case of nouns, an apostrophe is used to show it.

Is the case which denotes the owner or possessor

All Prefixes

List of various professions

The commander of a fleet - Admiral

Famous proverbs A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush

A bad beginning makes a good ending.

Serious Quotes and some Witty funny one liners

Someone has glued my pack of cards together...I cannot deal with it!

Famous sayings

as a drowned rat. - as ancient as the sun—as the stars.

List of words used in Science or Art

An instrument for detecting earthquakes - seismograph

Explanation of scientific items like barometer

The science of land management - agronomics

The seven wonders of the ancient world with explanations

The Pyramids of Egypt

Words to use as a Simile which is a phrase that describes one thing in terms of another.  A simile usually begins with like or as.

Archates - a good friend * Belt = to hit below the belt

List of words or phrases that has the same or nearly the same meaning as another 

abandon....... desert, forsake, leave.

Understanding words, Incorrect Use of Words,

Thesaurus of Words
Thesaurus - abandon = abandoned, abandoning, abandonment, abandons affluent =having an abundant supply of money or possessions of value,words explained and incorrect use of words

The floor was dirt.  Only the wealthy had something other than dirt, hence the saying "dirt poor." 

Words used in war

Nations carrying on warfare - belligerents

Anniversary dates and wedding information

Words shown in noun or verb

strong - strengthen

Signs of the Zodiac

Please note there are some excellent links to assist with these pages

see at the end for the links for further information. 

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