By Graham King
The whole consultant to abbreviations and acronyms.
'Collins Wordpower' is a sequence of compact, complete and straightforward courses to English utilization: the genuine English publications to actual English.
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EPNS electroplated nickel silver EPOCH End Physical Punishment of Children EPOS electronic point of sale EPP executive pension plan eps earnings per share equiv equivalent ER Elizabeth Regina = Queen Elizabeth; Eduardus Rex = King Edward ERA Education Reform Act ERBM extended range ballistic missile ERG electrical resistance gauge ERGOM European Research Group on Management ERM European Rate Mechanism ERNIE electronic random number indicator equipment (selects prizewinners from Premium Bond numbers) ERS earnings related supplement ERU English Rugby Union ERV English Revised Version of the Bible E’s The elements that can cause angina: exertion, emotion, eating, extremes and entercourse (doctors can’t spell) ESA Educational Supply Association; environmentally sensitive area ESCAP Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific ESCO Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UN) ESG English standard gauge ESL English as a second language ESN educationally subnormal (60–80 IQ) ESP English for special purposes; extra-sensory perception esp especially esq esquire ESRO European Space Research Organisation ESSO Standard Oil Company est established; estate; estimated; estuary EST Eastern Standard Time; electric shock treatment ESU English Speaking Union; electrostatic unit ETA estimated time of arrival etal et alii = and others; et alibi = and elsewhere etc et cetera = and so on ETD estimated time of departure ETF electronic transfer of funds et seq et sequens = and the following; et sequentia = and those that follow etym; etymol etymology; etymological EU European Union; Evangelical Union EVA extra vehicular activity (outside a spacecraft) evg, evng evening EWO educational welfare officer ex, exc excellent; excess; excursion; exempt; excluding; former (as in ex-Army, ex-husband etc) Exc Excellency exch exchange excl exclusive; excluding exdiv ex dividend exec executor; executive exes expenses exhib exhibit; exhibitor exint ex interest Exon Bishop of Exeter exp expense; expenses; experience; experiment; export; express expo large-scale exposition or exhibition expurg expurgate ext extension; exterior; external; extra; extinct F We’re all jolly good Fellows!
How many of us would score ten out of ten for reciting correctly the full meanings of Oxfam, radar, scuba, Saga, Qantas, laser and Wasp? Or even Nimby, Serps, Miras and Tessa, which entered the language only a few years ago? Names of people, too, are abbreviated; you are forgiven if you don’t know that RLS is the famous 19th century writer Robert Louis Stevenson, but how about GBS, FDR, JFK and JCB? Or Rab and Ranji? Then of course there are those hundreds of work-horse abbreviations that save us so much time: mph, Herts, hippo, ie, nb, IOU, pm and so on.
And the ghoulish GPO (good for parts only); MFC (measure for coffin) and ECU (eternal care unit, ie, morgue). ’ DOD Department of Defense (US) DOE Department of the Environment DOM Deo Optimo Maximo: Latin for ‘God is best and greatest’, the motto of the Benedictine Order and seen on the labels of Benedictine liqueur; dirty old man DORA Defence of the Realm Act, enacted during World War 1 to enforce security restrictions dorm dormitory DOS disc (or disk) operating system, as in MS-DOS and PC-DOS doz dozen DP displaced person; data processing DPh Doctor of Philosophy DPM Deputy Prime Minister; Diploma of Psychological Medicine DPP Director of Public Prosecutions DPW Department of Public Works Dr doctor dr debit; debtor; drachm; drachma; drawn; drive D-RAM dynamic random access memory DSC Distinguished Service Cross DSc Doctor of Science DSM Distinguished Service Medal DSO Distinguished Service Order DSS Department of Social Security DST daylight saving time dstn destination DTI Department of Trade and Industry DTP desktop publishing DTs delirium tremens dub dubious dup duplicate Dur Durham DV Domestic Violence Division, Scotland Yard DVD digital video disc; DVD-Rom = recordable DVD DVLC Driver and Vehicle Licensing Centre, Swansea DVM Doctor of Veterinary Medicine d/w dust wrapper; also d/j = dust jacket (books) D/W deadweight DWD driving while disqualified DWI Dutch West Indies dwt pennyweight (one twentieth of an ounce) DX Telecom symbol for long distance; deep six (to ‘deep six’ something is to bury it, literally or figuratively) dyb Do Your Best (Scout’s motto).