If you’ve checked your inbox anytime within the past 10 years (and we’re sure you have), you’d know that acronyms are everywhere. BTW, IMO, IDK—basically, anything longer than three letters gets shortened.
And, who can blame us? With everyone being so busy all the time, it makes sense that we decided to cut down on the time it takes to write emails.
But, are they really saving us time if we have no clue what these acronyms mean? I, for example, stared dumbly at the screen trying to figure out what NRN, WFH, and OOO meant when they first appeared in an email. And although Google saved me in the end, knowing these abbreviations beforehand could’ve saved me so much time.
So, rather than waste any more time deciphering emails—or worse, asking your boss what an acronym means and waiting forever to find out it’s short for “no reply necessary”—check out this SlideShare from Sidekick, which has collected the 20 most useful email abbreviations and defined them, just for you.
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