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    Most of you will probably be used to abbreviations such as "w/" for 'with' and "w/o" for 'without'. I know of a few others and I'm sure there are quite a few that are helpful especially when using PDAs to take notes (even if the input system is advanced and recognising all kinds writing styles).

    I'd be interested if you had any useful ones to share which you think might be not so very common among people.

  • #2
    I've heard of <EOM> for End of Message - to put on an email with only a subject line and no body content.

    I'd love to hear more abbrev's.

    Trisha

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    • #3
      For "alphabetize" I use a Greek alpha + beta, which can be easily written in one connected stroke. As a paper person, though, I"m not sure how you'd do this on a Palm.

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      • #4
        Mtg for Meeting
        Dev for Develop
        Stf for Staff
        T/D for To Do
        Summ for Summary

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        • #5
          Originally posted by feantur
          Most of you will probably be used to abbreviations such as "w/" for 'with' and "w/o" for 'without'. I know of a few others and I'm sure there are quite a few that are helpful especially when using PDAs to take notes (even if the input system is advanced and recognising all kinds writing styles).

          I'd be interested if you had any useful ones to share which you think might be not so very common among people.
          I frequently use WRT (With Respect To) and SA (See Also).

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          • #6
            I use WF... for Waiting For...

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            • #7
              From the days when I worked my way through college as a legal secretary and other, later, additions:

              t.c. telephone call/conference
              K contract
              b/c because

              Don't forget "standard" abbreviations:

              e.g. for example
              i.e. that is
              btw between
              msg message
              iow in other words
              etc.

              Cynthia

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              • #8
                HT or H2 = how to

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                • #9
                  Here's one I stole from David:

                  R&D for "Look into"
                  @ for "at"

                  Randy Stokes

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                  • #10
                    TT = telephone to
                    TF = telephone from
                    NA = no answer
                    NI = not in (the office)
                    VMF = voicemail from
                    LM = left message
                    WCB = will call back
                    RE = regarding

                    I use these in my daily handwritten notes. For example:

                    TT: David Allen 800-555-1212
                    08:20a VM LM WCB re: new book idea

                    This lets me know that I called David, left him a message on his voicemail to call me back regarding a new book idea.

                    I got into the habit of noting the phone number I called because when I need to make a follow-up call (David didn't return my call) I have the number handy.

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                    • #11
                      &quot;AOTKA&quot;

                      A/C = Anonymous Coward
                      TLA = Three Letter Abbreviation (Acronym)
                      AFLA = Another Four Letter Abbreviation (Acronym)
                      YAMLA = Yet Another Multi-Letter Abbreviation (Acronym)
                      AOTKA = Attack Of The Killer Abbreviations (Acronyms)
                      BRB = Be Right Back
                      LOL = Laughing Out Loud
                      LMAO = Laughing My A** Off
                      ROTFL = Rolling On The Floor Laughing
                      OGIM = Oh God It's Monday
                      GGB2W = Gotta Get Back To Work
                      TTFN = Ta Ta For Now

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                      • #12
                        Abbreviations

                        Why is abbreviation such a long word?

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                        • #13
                          The abbrev. for abbrev. is abbrev.!

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                          • #14
                            From my call-center days:

                            LMOM = left message on machine
                            RNA = ring, no answer (does that ever happen anymore?)
                            TBD = to be determined

                            Honestly, though, between the custom macros of MessagEase (my newfound graffiti/keyboard replacement) and the word-completion of TextPlus (a T9-type app with a customizable dictionary), I rarely find myself using abbreviations anymore; it's just as easy to get the full word in there, and that's easier and quicker to read.

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