In order to implement the labeling of abbreviations and acronyms in (X)HTML documents in a meaningful way, you could look up the exact difference between these terms in the dictionary.
According to the German Universal Dictionary, 5th edition (Mannheim 2003):
… 3rd abbreviated word; abbr.: abbr.
Abbreviation formed from the first letters of several words (e.g. EDP from electronic data processing).
Admittedly, the distinction between the two terms is not clear. Also in the definition of "acronym" it is obvious that the given example consists of only two words. In contrast, the acronym in the same example contains three letters.
In order to simplify the distinction somewhat, I assume that acronyms are also used in the spoken language in the abbreviated form; "HTML" means " Hypertext Markup Language ", but almost everyone speaks of "HTML" and therefore "HTML" is an acronym in this sense.
Do you find the distinction too simple? Nevertheless, read on to the end to find out the practical use of this delimitation and a technically feasible solution for this BITV requirement.
OMG dear student, haven't you caught up on English abbreviations, acronyms and acronyms yet? LOL, well you're late because FYI, English abbreviations are very common and you can find them in any context, so at least recognizing and understanding them is a must if you want to communicate like a true native speaker.
Abbreviations, acronyms and acronyms are incredibly useful to communicate quickly and efficiently in writing because life is too short to write long WhatsApp messages, right? Why write three words (Oh My God) when we can only use three letters (OMG)?
In this post you will find the most important abbreviations in English and their meaning. We will review the most used both at work and in everyday and informal situations and we will see examples of all of them because the context is everything and you know it!
In the professional field, abbreviations abound. Even in Spanish-speaking countries, it is very normal to find abbreviations in English. These are the most used:
TBD / TBC
As Soon As Possible
For Your Information
By The Way
chief executive officer
On My Way
At The Moment
Also Known As
Frequently Asked Question
Estimated Time of Arrival
To Be Discussed / To be Confirmed
as soon as possible
for your information
by the way
executive director (the top boss)
(I'm) on my way
at this time, currently
also know as
frequently asked question
approximate / estimated arrival time
to discuss or comment / to confirm
Don't you believe us when we tell you that every professional email contains at least one abbreviation? Check out this exchange👇
Welcome back! I hope you had a nice holiday.
FYI, we have a meeting with the CEO (AKA the monster) later on. We still do n't know her ETA but I thought we should start prepping for the usual FAQs ASAP.
What do you think?
Thanks for your email.
I'm OMW to you with a few notes from last month's meeting. Some points are still TBC, but that shouldn't be an issue.
BTW, I'm going to grab some coffee before our meeting, do you want me to bring you some?
See you in a bit,
Whether on Facebook, Instagram or WhatsApp, English abbreviations ABOUND. The mythical LOL was only the beginning of a long list of abbreviations in English that the Internet brought us.
Given the widespread and frequent use that we give to social networks, new abbreviations appear almost daily. But worry not, dear student, here we bring you the most common and updated:
Laughing Out Loud
oh my god
what the fuck
I Don't Know
To Be Honest
Laughing My Ass Off
You Only Live Once
In Real Life
laughing out loud
what the fuck?
Private message (Instagram)
I do not know
To be honest
Breaking my ass (laughing)
You only live once
In real life
Abbreviations are so embedded in English that native speakers often don't even remember their literal meaning. These are the most used:
From Latin Ante Meridiem.
From Latin Post Meridiem.
From Latin Anno Domini.
Doctor of Philosophy
Gross Domestic Product
Date Of Birth
before noon (12:00)
after noon (12:00)
BC (before Christ)
AD (after Christ)
GDP (Gross Domestic Product)
date of birth
Let's see how we use these abbreviations in context:
If you open any newspaper in English, you will find some abbreviation of official and international organizations. Normally there is also an equivalent in Spanish but the acronyms are usually different. Notice:
World Health Organization
British Broadcasting Corporation
North Atlantic Treaty Organization
WHO (World Health Organization)
British Broadcasting Corporation (the UK's public radio and television service)
UN (United Nations Organization)
EU (European Union)
NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization)
NGO (Non-Governmental Organization)
In English, some of these acronyms are accompanied by articles and others are not. Let's see how they work:
Hell yeah, dear student, now you're ready to send emails, WhatsApp and understand natives like a pro!
If you are wondering how to pronounce some of these abbreviations when you are speaking, in this post we have left you some tips that will be very useful to you.
But before you go… are you able to decipher the following WhatsApp conversation? Leave us the translation in the comments or continue with the exchange yourself! 😄
– OMG, did you hear about Beth's Instagram boyfriend?
– LOL, I know!! I never thought they'd meet IRL after only a few DMs TBH…
– LMAO, I need to hear the details RN!!!!
– IDK, I think it was kinda risky of her to meet up with him. What if he hadn't been FR?
– I think it sounds like a fun experience, YOLO after all…