Abbreviations

The rule for punctuation of abbreviations is:

  • if last letter of word and abbreviation are the same: no full stop (for example Ltd)
  • if last letter of word and abbreviation are NOT the same: full stop (for example Co.)
1   A.G.M.   Annual General Meeting (of company shareholders)
2   A.O.B.   any other business (at the end of a meeting agenda)
3   a/c   account, as for bank account [eg: a/c no. 123456789]
4   c.i.f.   cost, insurance, freight
5   c/o   care of [on an envelope eg: Mrs G Smith, c/o Mrs B Brown]
6   cc:   copies to [at the end of a letter eg:
cc: TE, JMR, JSA]
7   Co.   Company
8   e.g.   for example [from the Latin exempli gratia]
9   E.G.M.   Extraordinary General Meeting (of company shareholders)
10   f.o.b.   free on board
11   f.o.c.   free of charge
12   HQ   headquarters (of a company or other organisation)
13   Inc.US   Incorporated [after the name of a firm organised as a legal corporation]
14   LtdUK   Limited [after the name of a firm organised as a legal company]
15   O.H.P.   overhead projector
16   P.A.   personal assistant
17   PLCUK   Public Limited Company [for a firm whose shares are sold on the open market]
18   p.t.o.   please turn over [at the end of a page]
19   v.a.t.   value added tax
20   WP   word processing (or creation of text by computer)
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