The 30 English acronyms you need to know in business
You will often see these abbreviations on organizational charts or on business cards. We usually say the two or three letters; we don’t say them as words.
- CEO – Chief Executive Officer
- CAO – Chief Accounting Officer
- CFO – Chief Financial Officer
- CIO – Chief Information Officer
- CMO – Chief Marketing Officer
- COO – Chief Operating Officer
- CTO – Chief Technology Officer
- CA – Chartered Account
- VP– Vice President of a department or company
These ones may appear on documents, on visuals during meetings or be said by a fellow staff member. You might here ‘letter of credit’ said as an L C (say the two letters).
- ACCT – Account
- A/R – Accounts Receivable
- LC – Letter of Credit
- Pd – Paid
Staff and Organization
These are abbreviations that you commonly see when company staff and organization are being discussed. For these, we say the letters, so we say I-T department, not ‘it department.’
Careful with this one as AV is used for adult videos in Japan, so if you are emailing a Japanese firm, you might want to use the full word.
They hire and monitor the company’s staff.
- IT – Information Technology.
The computer people.
The people who talk to the media and make videos or brochures for the public.
They make sure that your products and services are doing what they are supposed to do.
- R&D – Research and Development.
They develop new products and services.
These are abbreviations that you might see in an email or memo at work. In academic work, we are told to define our abbreviations the first time we use them, so the reader knows what we mean. In the English speaking business world, it is typically assumed that everyone already knows, and people often will not ask since they don’t want to appear stupid.
- Attn – Attention this one is used to let you know that you should read the message.
- BPC – Business Planning Cycle
- ETA – Estimated Time of Arrival
- HQ – Headquarters- the head office of the company.
- Pls – Please
- Qty – Quantity
- TBD – To Be Determined. It means that we don’t know the details such as time, date or full cost yet.
- Thx – Thanks
- Ttl – Total
- W/O – Without
- YTD – Year To Date
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