By Graham King
The whole consultant to abbreviations and acronyms.
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Or, if you are of a bucolic disposition, that ehm means eggs per hen per month? We think not, but if you disagree we will happily point you towards either Dr John Paxton’s Penguin Dictionary of Abbreviations or the exhaustive Oxford Dictionary of Abbreviations. The fact is, many abbreviations break into our lives and then, in time, pass out again, surviving only in erudite compilations such as the above. Will people, in a decade or two, know or care that TGIF means Thank God it’s Friday, or that DINK means double income, no kids, any more than we know or care today that phren means phrenology and OSw means Old Swedish?
However, most people today recognise BASIC as a computer programming language and the acronym for Beginners’ All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code. BAT British-American Tobacco Company Bat, bat battalion; battery BAWA British Amateur Wrestling Association BB Brigitte Bardot; very soft black lead pencil; pseudonym of prolific English country book author and illustrator Denys Watkins-Pitchford (1905-1990). e. one that the recipient of the original message is unaware of BCCI Bank of Credit and Commerce International BCF British Chess Federation BCNZ Broadcasting Corporation of New Zealand BCom Bachelor of Commerce BD Bachelor of Divinity BDA British Dental Association; British Dyslexia Association BDD body dismorphic disorder – a preoccupation with a perceived defect in appearance, causing distress and impairment in functioning.
No problem here, because from an early age we learn how to recognise and use them. But there are hundreds more, those on the fringes of our lives that we see or use only occasionally, that we’re not too sure about. Explaining the meaning of these seemingly unintelligible cutdowns is the real purpose of Collins Wordpower: Concise Dictionary of Abbreviations and Acronyms, and several thousand of them are listed here, mainly those that might cross the paths of the average citizen. There are an estimated half a million abbreviations presently at large around the globe, so it might seem that this collection is but a drop in the linguistic ocean.
Abbreviations (Collins Word Power) by Graham King