Using an acronym tool can be a valuable way to save time and improve communication in the workplace. An acronym is a shortened form of a phrase or word that is made up of the first letters of each word in the phrase. For example, the acronym “FAQ” stands for “frequently asked questions.”

Acronyms are often used in business and other professional settings as a way to save time and reduce the amount of text that needs to be written or spoken. They can also help improve communication by providing a shared language and terminology that can be understood by everyone in an organization.

There are many different acronym tools available, ranging from simple online dictionaries to more advanced software applications like Wonderus. These tools can help you quickly and easily create, manage, and use acronyms in your daily work.

Some benefits of using an acronym tool include:

  • Time savings: By using acronyms, you can save time when writing or speaking by using fewer words to convey the same information. This can be especially useful when communicating with others who are familiar with the same acronyms.
  • Consistency: An acronym tool can help ensure that acronyms are used consistently within an organization. This can help prevent confusion and misunderstandings and improve the clarity of communication.
  • Accessibility: Acronym tools can provide quick and easy access to a wide range of acronyms, making it easier to find the right acronym for a given situation. This can be especially useful when dealing with complex or technical subjects.
  • Collaboration: Many acronym tools also offer collaboration features, such as the ability to share acronyms with others or to vote on the best acronym to use in a given situation. This can help facilitate discussions and decision-making within a team.

Overall, using an acronym tool can be a valuable way to improve communication and efficiency in the workplace. By taking advantage of these tools, you can save time and improve the clarity of your communication with others.

Here are some common acronyms we have found that are often used in chat whether it be iMessage, SMS, Email, or an online Chat tool. I personally have to look some of these up again and again.

Recently we have introduced ContentPacks, so if you use Wonderus, you and your team will be able to look these up on the fly.

Any Day NowADNWaiting on someone
As Far as I knowAFAIKAs per someone’s knowledge.
Away from keyboardAFKCurrently away from computer
Also known asAKA, A.K.A.used when someone has another name: James Brown, aka the “Godfather of Soul”
Action PointAPSomething that needs to be done by someone, often as a result of a meeting
As Soon As PossibleASAPAs fast as possible
At The MomentATMright now, at the moment
Business to BusinessB2BA service or product that is created by a business for other businesses.
Business to ConsumerB2CA service or product that is created by a business for consumers (non-businesses).
Back at keyboardBAKOkay, here I am. I’m back and ready to chat.
Business As UsualBAUAn ongoing state of work, despite something that may have disturbed the workplace.
Blind Carbon CopyBCCSending a copy of an email to someone without the original recipient knowing
Best friend at workBFAWEveryone needs a BFAW!
Business Process ManagementBPMAnalysing business processes and identifying gaps and issues.
Be right backBRBHold on, i’ll be right back
Be right thereBRTI’m on my way
By The WayBTWOh I should let you know that…
Bring your own computer / DeviceBYOC, BYOD
Customer to customerC2C
Capital ExpenditureCAPEXThe money that is spent on capital work, such as projects (once-off work).
Carbon CopyCCSending a copy of an email to someone else
Content Management SystemCMSA system used to store and display content (text, images, etc) for users to view.
Close of BusinessCOBThe end of a working day. Often used in deadlines, e.g. “COB Thursday”
Curriculum VitaeCVAn alternative to a resume, preferred in many parts of the world.
Calendar YearCYThe period from Jan 1 to Dec 31, often used in planning.
See yaCYA
Dollar based net retentionDBNRWhat is a good Net Dollar Retention rate? In fact, any NDR rate over 120% is great but 135% is considered excellent. Businesses may track NDR to help them reach hypergrowth, gain success in private equity partnerships, and/or release initial public offerings (IPOs).
Do it yourselfDIY
Direct messageDMPrivate message so the group doesn’t have to see the thread.
Do not disturbDNDCurrently not responding to messagse.
Data WarehouseDWA database used for business intelligence and reporting.
Employee Assistance ProgramEAPA service offered by employers to assist their employees with issues.
End of DayEODThe end of a working day. Often used in deadlines, e.g. “EOD Tuesday”
End of MessageEOMIndicates the end of a message
Enterprise Resource PlanningERPThe process of organising and planning resources for projects and company operations.
Estimated Time of ArrivalETAAn estimate on the time that something will be finished by.
Face to faceF2F
Fear of Missing OutFOMOIt happens to everyone.
Fear of the officeFOTOWorking from home has made it hard to return to the office.
Full TimeFTSomeone who works a standard week of working hours.
Full Time Employees, or Full Time EquivalentFTEA full time employee. Often used in resource planning.
Fixed that for youFTFYIt is appended to a quotation that has been modified to include a correction.
For the winFTWTo express approval or support.
For What It’s WorthFWIW
Financial Year, or Fiscal YearFYThe financial year used for the company. Varies by country and company.
For Your InformationFYIUsed to notify someone of some information
How About YouHBUGeneral friendly conversation
Human ResourcesHRThe company department responsible for employee issues and services.
Information and Communication TechnologyICTThe employment sector that software developers work in.
In case you missed itICYMITo point in the direction of something interesting or enlightening that’s available for your perusal online.
I Don’t KnowIDK
I Don’t RememberIDR
I Don’t Really RememberIDRM
If I recall correctlyIIRC
I Know RightIKRAffirming a previous statement.
Instant messageIM
In My Humble Opinion (IMHO) or In My Oponion (IMO)IMHO, IMO
In Real LifeIRLAs opposed to being online
Information TechnologyITThe company department responsible for computers and networking.
Information Technology Infrastructure LibraryITILA set of practices used in service management for IT.
Just in caseJIC
Key opinion leaderKOL
Key Performance IndicatorsKPIA set of metrics or numbers used by a company to measure its success.
Let Me KnowLMK
Leave Without PayLWOPTaking time off work without being paid. Alternative to annual leave.
Month on MonthMoMA report that compares one month to the previous month.
Minutes of MeetingMOMA list of topics that were discussed in a meeting
Not Applicable or Not AvailableN/AIndicates that something does not apply.
No Big DealNBD
Non-Disclosure AgreementNDAAn agreement signed by someone to keep the contents confidential. Often used on private projects.
No problemNP
Not safe/suitable for workNSFW
Original Equipment ManufacturerOEMA company that manufactures equipment for users.
Out Of The OfficeOOOMaybe PTO, Sick-Time or just not in the office at the moment.
Operational ExpenditureOPEXThe money that is spent on operational work, such as support and management (ongoing work)
On The Other HandOTOH
Please Find AttachedPFAIndicates that a file has been attached
Personal identification numberPIN
Point Of ViewPOV
Public service announcementPSA
Part TimePTSomeone who works less than a standard week (e.g. 2 or 3 days per week)
please take another lookPTAL
Personal/Paid time offPTO
Quality controlQC
Quote RetweetQrtTo share someone’s message, deriving from Twitter
Rapid Application DevelopmentRADA software development methodology
Request For ProposalRFPA request that a company sends to a vendor to make a proposal for some work
Request For QuoteRFQA request that a company sends to a vendor to make a quote for some work
Return On InvestmentROIThe result that a company or a person gets on money that has been invested
Search Engine MarketingSEMThe process of promoting a company or service on search engines
Search Engine OptimisationSEOThe process of optimising a website to be found by search engines
Stock Keeping UnitSKUA single item that can be tracked by a stock management system
Sick LeaveSLTaking time away from work for health reasons
Service Level AgreementSLAAn agreement between a company and a service provider. Often used in application support to refer to timeframes for resolution
Small to midsize businessSMB
Subject Matter ExpertSMEAn employee that knows an area of the business quite well
Shaking my headSmh
Short message service (text message)SMS
Standard Operating EnvironmentSOEThe default computer configuration (software, hardware) for employees to use
Standard Operating ProcedureSOPThe standard process for getting something done
Terms and conditionsT&C
To Be Advised, or To Be AnnouncedTBAThe details will be provided at a later date
To Be ConfirmedTBCThe details will be provided at a later date
To Be DeterminedTBDThe details will be provided at a later date
To Be HonestTBHLet’s be real for a second.
Time In LieuTILTaking time off as repayment for working extra hours at an earlier point
Too Long, Didn’t ReadTL;DRI need the quick summary
Three Letter AcronymTLAAn abbreviation of something that is three letters long
Too Much InformationTMIMore information than you should have disclosed.
Thank you so muchTYSM
Take your timeTYT
Very important personVIP
What do you meanWDYM
Working From HomeWFHAn employee that performs their work from home, instead of coming in to the office
Work in progressWIPThis work isn’t finished, it’s in beta.
Week on WeekWoWA report that compares one week to the previous week
With Respect To/With Regards ToWRTReferring to another topic that was mentioned
What You See Is What You GetWYSIWYGA process of creating a design of software where the design matches the output
Year On YearYoYA report that compares one year to the previous year
You ThereYTHey, are you around?
Year To DateYTDThe time period from the start of the beginning of the year and the current (present) date.