25 Most Common Abbreviations You Might Be Using Wrong

Common abbreviations can be surprisingly tricky. Sometimes their meaning changes depending on who is using or reading the abbreviation (a misunderstanding that has lead to some very awkward conversations). Some abbreviations are more common than others so it’s reasonable to think that everyone would know their meaning. Yet even the most common abbreviations could be misunderstood. Today, we’re going to take a look at the 25 most common abbreviations you might be using wrong.

25

AKA

akaSource: https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/aka

AKA means, “Also known as” and refers to an alias or second name a person, place, or thing might have.

24

FYI

fyiSource: https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/3t0lxy/what_acronym_did_you_think_meant_something_else/cx23h1v/

One Redditor explained they used the abbreviation FYI at work and their boss got really mad. Apparently, he thought it meant something pretty vulgar. In reality, it just means “For your information.” Offices use this one a little too much.

23

ETA

willy wonka etaSource: https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eta

ETA stands for, “Estimated Time of Arrival” and is usually used in travel settings like airport terminals or when someone really wants something.

22

IIRC

IIRC memeSource: https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/3t0lxy/what_acronym_did_you_think_meant_something_else/cx21pc5/

This one is a little trickier. One Redditor thought IIRC had to do with the IRC chat rooms. In reality, IIRC means, “If I Recall Correctly.”

21

fl.

flourishSource: https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fl.

While FL can stand for Florida, in this case, “fl.” is a common abbreviation in textbooks and is Latin for flourish. It’s used in relation to the time a person was active in something they were known for.



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