S2E2: Abbreviations (or Business Slang)

S2E2: Abbreviations (or Business Slang)

Working in business is a hectic, busy environment. Sometimes you need to do things fast. Emails, specifically. You may want to send a quick, short email to your colleague. In this lesson we will look at different examples of slang and abbreviations that are suitable to use in your emails.

I will now read a list of abbreviations and their meanings.

KRKind regards
BTWBy the way
RNRight now
ASAPAs soon as possible
BWBest wishes
NRNNo reply necessary
PRBPlease reply by
WFHWorking from home
Y/N?Yes or no?
OOOOut of the office
EODEnd of day
EOWEnd of week
FYIFor your information
YTDYear to date
EOMEnd of message
OTOff topic
AEAPAs early as possible
LETLeaving early today
RRReply requested

A note on BCC and CC

When you want an email to be sent to more than one person you have two options – BCC and CC. CC stands for ‘carbon copy’. If you insert somebody’s email next to the CC option then they will immediately be ‘copied’ into the email. This means they can see the email you’ve sent (to your recipient). It also means their email address is visible to everyone who received the email. BCC is different because it means ‘blind carbon copy’. Somebody who has BCCed will receive the email but only be able to see their sender’s email. There are ‘blind’ to the other email addresses.

Usage of BCC and CC in emails.


Can you BCC/CC Sandra into the email, please?

Has Sandra been BCCed/CCed into the email?

A note on P.S.

Although, P.S. (which stands for postscript, which is something that comes last/after a block of text) is more associated with handwritten letters it is still appropriate to us in an email.


(noun) FAQ means a list of questions and answers relating to a particular subject, especially one giving basic information for users of a website.

So there you have it. In our next lesson we will continue talking about Business Slang and focus on phrasal verbs. Stay tuned!