30 Common Email Abbreviations & Acronyms You Should Know (2022) (2023)

So, a few days back, one of my team members sent me an email with the subject line. “Need your reviews on the latest marketing report. VSRE”

So, I didn’t pay much attention to the abbreviation, wrote a long review, and ended the email by asking her, “What does VSRE mean anyway?”

Her response was: “Very short reply expected.” 😃

Oops! I felt so embarrassed doing exactly the opposite.

30 Common Email Abbreviations & Acronyms You Should Know (2022) (1)

To avoid going through such embarrassment again, I compiled all the frequently used email abbreviations and acronyms. And if you have gone through something similar, you will know what exactly I mean.

So in this guide, you will find every email abbreviation you should know of.

Table of contents

  • 30 common email abbreviations you should know

    • 1. AB - Action by
    • 2. AR - Action required
    • 3. BCC and CC - Blind carbon copy and Carbon copy
    • 4. EOD - End of day
    • 5. EOM - End of message
    • 6. EOW - End of week
    • 7. FYI - For your information
    • 8. FYG - For your guidance
    • 9. FYR - For your reference
    • 10. FAO - For the attention of
    • 11. IAM - In a meeting
    • 12. LET - Leaving early today
    • 13. NYR - Need your response
    • 14. NYRQ - Need your response quick
    • 15. NYRT - Need your response today
    • 16. NYR-NBD - Need your response - Next business day
    • 17. NWS - Not work-safe or Not work-suitable
    • 18. NWR - Not work-related
    • 19. NT or N/T - No text
    • 20. NNTR - No need to respond
    • 21. OOO - Out of office
    • 22. PFA - Please find the attachment
    • 23. PS - Post scriptum
    • 24. PRB - Please reply by
    • 25. RR - Reply requested or Reply required
    • 26. TSFW - Technically safe for work or Totally safe for work
    • 27. TBF - To be forwarded
    • 28. TL;DR - Too long; Didn’t read
    • 29. VSRE - Very short reply expected
    • 30. Y/N - Yes or No
  • Conclusion

30 common email abbreviations you should know

Here is a list of email abbreviations and acronyms that you can use in your emails:

1. AB - Action by

Used with a timeline to notify the recipient that the sender needs a task completed within a specific deadline.

For example, Here is the SEO report. AB+2. Here, it will mean that action is needed within two days.

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2. AR - Action required

Used to inform the recipient that they are given a task.

3. BCC and CC - Blind carbon copy and Carbon copy

You can see both these acronyms in your email program. You use them when you want to send a message to the main addressee and other interested parties.

The email address in the CC field will be visible to every recipient of the email, but those in BCC will not be.

So, if you want everyone to see all of the recipients of a message, you would enter their email addresses in the BCC field.

4. EOD - End of day

It is used when you want to send or receive something by the end of the day.

5. EOM - End of message

Used in email subject line, informing the recipient that entire content is in the subject line. So, the recipient doesn’t need to open the email, thus saving their time.

6. EOW - End of week

It is used when you want to send or receive something by the end of the week. In business emails, EOW refers to Friday.

7. FYI - For your information

When you want to share some helpful information that you think the recipient might now know of, you can use this acronym.

8. FYG - For your guidance

Used at the beginning of the subject line, commonly in business emails where the sender sends important information to the recipient to help them with their work.

9. FYR - For your reference

This is typically used in the subject line to send follow-up information about something the recipients already know.

10. FAO - For the attention of

When you need a specific person to read or take action mentioned in the email, you can use FAO in the email subject line.

For example, Subject line: FAO - John, content team Please send the content style guide by 2 p.m.

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11. IAM - In a meeting

It is used informally to tell the recipient that the sender is in a meeting.

12. LET - Leaving early today

This abbreviation is used commonly in group emails to inform others that you are leaving early, so they don’t ping you later if they need anything.

13. NYR - Need your response

Used in the subject line to tell the recipient that you require a response from them.

14. NYRQ - Need your response quick

Used in the subject line to tell the recipient that you require a quick response.

15. NYRT - Need your response today

Used in the subject line to tell the recipient that you require a response within the working day.

16. NYR-NBD - Need your response - Next business day

You can use this abbreviation to tell the recipient that a reply is required for the email before the next working day. NYR-NBD can be written either in the subject line or email copy.

17. NWS - Not work-safe or Not work-suitable

Used in email subject line to urge the viewer to use discretion or avoid the email in a professional or public setting. The email may be sexually explicit or profane, making it inappropriate to view, among others.

18. NWR - Not work-related

Used in business emails to indicate that the content is not related to business, the recipient can ignore it if desired.

19. NT or N/T - No text

Used when the email content is contained in the subject line and the email body remains empty. This saves the recipient time because they do not have to open the email.

20. NNTR - No need to respond

Used to inform the recipient that they don’t need to reply to the email, which reduces email clutter from replies like “okay, great.”

21. OOO - Out of office

OOO is the standard acronym to tell the recipient that you are out of office. You can also set up email autoresponders to let people know you are not in the office or not available.

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22. PFA - Please find the attachment

When you send documents or a set of documents in the email, you should mention PFA to inform the recipient about the documents.

23. PS - Post scriptum

Post scriptum is used as an afterthought that you might have when you finish writing the email. The term comes from the Latin post scriptum, meaning “written after.” You can also use PS to write some thoughts that you forget to mention before signing the email.

24. PRB - Please reply by

You can use this abbreviation when you need a reply by a specific date and time.

25. RR - Reply requested or Reply required

You can use this abbreviation to tell the recipient to reply to this email.

26. TSFW - Technically safe for work or Totally safe for work

This acronym indicates that an email is completely fine to view at work because the email content is suitable for the viewer.

27. TBF - To be forwarded

Used to request that the email recipient forwards the email to another person.

28. TL;DR - Too long; Didn’t read

Used when you send a long email but don’t want the reader to go through the whole email. So, you can summarize the main points labeling it TL;DR.

29. VSRE - Very short reply expected

Used to inform the recipient that a short reply is expected.

30. Y/N - Yes or No

Use this abbreviation when you need a yes or no response. It saves the recipient time and reduces the chances of getting more responses.

Conclusion

As we reach the EOM, we hope you got email abbreviations and acronyms that will help keep the email concise and save time for the recipients.

So, next time you want to inform your colleagues that you are out of the office, just right OOO. Hopefully, they get it. 😅

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FAQs

What are some popular acronyms and abbreviations? ›

  • RSVP – Please reply. As with so much of English, this comes from French. ...
  • ASAP – As soon as possible. ...
  • AM/PM – Before midday (morning) and after midday (afternoon) ...
  • LMK – Let me know. ...
  • BRB – Be right back. ...
  • DOB – Date of birth. ...
  • CC/BCC – Carbon copy/blind carbon copy. ...
  • TBA/TBC- To be announced/To be confirmed.
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What is FYR in email? ›

FYR, meaning For Your Reference. This is typically used in email subjects to send follow-up information about something the recipients already know.

What does 143 mean? ›

143 means I love you. 143 is an internet slang numerical expression that conveys a message of love.

What does :> mean in texting? ›

means "Angry."

What does FWIW mean? ›

(Internet slang, text messaging) Initialism of for what it's worth.

Can you give me a list of acronyms? ›

If you're on the team that considers initialisms as a type of acronym, these are some common initialism examples:
  • AFK - Away From Keyboard.
  • BBL - Be Back Later.
  • BBS - Be Back Soon.
  • BEG - Big Evil Grin.
  • BRB - Be Right Back.
  • BTW - By The Way.
  • EG - Evil Grin.
  • IDK - I Don't Know.

What are some good 3 letter abbreviations? ›

Category:English three-letter abbreviations
  • SFT.
  • SBA.
  • SNP.
  • RBT.
  • SCP.
  • BCG.
  • MOC.
  • COD.

What does SOS stand for? ›

The expression “Save Our Ship” was probably coined by sailors to signal for help from a vessel in distress.

What does PFB mean in email? ›

PFB means "Please Find Below."

What does ++ mean in email? ›

The new recipient(s) are added to the To: or CC: fields and their names are also added to the body of the email with a ++ or + , just to inform everyone on the current distribution that others have been added to the discussion. " ++" came from C programming and non-programmers decided to reduce that to a simple "+"

What does FY stand for? ›

Fiscal year is abbreviated as FY. For reporting purposes, it is usually combined with the specific year, for example as FY 2015 or FY15. Similarly, fiscal quarter is abbreviated as Q and combined with dates to identify the specific period.

Is OMG an acronym? ›

Oh my God (sometimes also Oh my Goodness or Oh my Gosh), a common abbreviation, often used in SMS messages and Internet communication.

What does GIF stand for? ›

GIF is an acronym for Graphics Interchange Format, a file format that supports both static and animated images. GIFs rose to popularity as a way to react on social media without words. Facebook and Twitter both support animated GIFs.

How many 3 letter acronyms are there? ›

The number of possible three-letter abbreviations using the 26 letters of the alphabet from A to Z (AAA, AAB ... to ZZY, ZZZ) is 26 × 26 × 26 = 17,576. An additional 26 × 26 × 10 = 6760 can be produced if the third position is allowed to be a digit 0-9, giving a total of 24,336.

What are the abbreviations for the 50 states? ›

US STATEPOSTAL ABBREVIATIONSTANDARD ABBREVIATION
AlabamaALAla.
AlaskaAKAlaska
ArizonaAZAriz.
ArkansasARArk.
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Is ASAP an acronym? ›

ASAP, ALAP and ATAP are acronyms that stand for, respectively, as soon as possible, as late as possible and as timely as possible.

What is a good example of acronym? ›

Common examples of acronyms include NASA (an acronym for National Aeronautics and Space Administration) and FOMO (a slang acronym for fear of missing out). The word scuba comes from an acronym for self-contained underwater breathing apparatus.

What does 444 mean? ›

Numerology regards 444 as an assurance that one is on the right path in life. It helps clear doubts and encourages perseverance with the current approach or plan. The number 4 pertains to wealth, and when repeated thrice, it is a strong signal of an upturn in financial fortunes, according to Royal Numerology.

What does 182 mean? ›

Code for I hate you, 182 is used in text messages and other text communication because "I" is one character, "hate" sounds like 8, and "you" sounds like 2.

What's the meaning of 831 😂 💕? ›

The number 831 is a cyber term used to mean "I Love You." Each individual number in 831 has a specific definition: 8 = The total number of letters in the phrase "I Love You." 3 = The total number of words in the phrase "I Love You."

What does 👉 👈 mean in texting? ›

The majority of people agree that it means 'shy'. As if you were twiddling your fingers together, nervously. The emojis can often be paired with the emoji too, for extra nervous vibes. The emoji sequence can be used if you're about to ask someone a soft, yet risky question, or if you're just feeling hella shy.

What does IG mean in text? ›

In texting, "IG" also means "I guess" or "Instagram." If you're texting someone and they're not quite sure how they feel, they may respond with "IG." Whenever you're messaging about something social media-related (like followers, likes, and Instagram Live videos), they're most likely referring to Instagram.

What does P mean in texting? ›

mean in chat or text? :P. means a face with a sticking out tongue. If you tilt your head left it will look like 2 eyes and then a mouth with a tongue sticking out. People either use it as in a cheeky way or a flirty way or if they're just being funny.

Why do they call it OG? ›

The term original gangster was derived from the gang's name and initially stood for “we're the first.” Crips members would use the OG abbreviation as a shorthand when writing which part of the gang they belonged to (e.g., Original Eastside Crip or OG Eastside).

What does SDW mean in slang? ›

What does SDW stand for?
Rank Abbr.Meaning
SDWSuper Dirt Week (racing)
SDWShoop da Whoop
SDWSwedich Drunken Wikings (gaming)

What does ROFL mean from a girl? ›

ROFL. Rolling on the floor laughing. ROFLMAO. Rolling on the floor laughing my butt off.

What does BRB mean to a girl? ›

BRB: Be right back. BTW: By the way. CTN: Can't talk now.

What is FF in social media? ›

Follow friday (#FF)

Follow Friday is a hashtag used to highlight some of your favorite Twitter accounts. Including someone in a #FF post is a way of recommending their account to your followers. Learn more: 40 Daily Hashtags Explained: What They Mean and How to Use Them.

What is the most used 3 letter word? ›

The most common three-letter words are the, and, are,for, not, but, had, has, was, all, any, one, man, out, you, his, her, and can. The most common four-letter words are that, with, have, this, will, your, from, they, want, been, good, much, some, and very.

What is a cool 3 letter word? ›

Fox, Ice, Bot, Ale, Den, Fir, Ole, Owl, Ark, Aye, Ail, Art, Ave, Apt, Ash, Axe, Awe, Bad, Bio, Bat, Ban, Bro, Bye, Bow, Cop, Duo, Elf, Eon, Foe, etc.

What is a cool 3 letter name? ›

Many of the most classic male nicknames are three letter names: Bob, Jim, Tom, Tim, Joe, and Sam, for instance. Unique three letter names for boys on our recommended list include Art, Asa, Cal, Fox, Lev, Mac, Pax, Rex, Sem, Van, and Wim.

What does PS stand for? ›

So, what does PS stand for? This is an abbreviation that stands for postscript. It comes from the Latin word postscriptum. When translated, this word means “written after.” Therefore, it should come as no surprise that anything that follows the PS comes after the rest of the letter is already done.

What is stand for LOL? ›

How do you blink SOS? ›

If you're trapped as a hostage where you're unable to speak, you can try blinking for help! This clever SOS signal can be done by blinking fast three times, blinking slowly three times, and then blinking fast three times once more.

What are the most commonly used acronyms? ›

If you're on the team that considers initialisms as a type of acronym, these are some common initialism examples:
  • LMK - Let Me Know.
  • NOYB - None of Your Business.
  • OMG - Oh My God.
  • POS - Parents Over Shoulder.
  • ROFL - Rolling On the Floor Laughing.
  • SMH - Shaking My Head.
  • TTYL - Talk To You Later.
  • WTH - What The Heck (or Hell)

What are the most common abbreviation used in a formal email? ›

Common abbreviations used in business emails include "Fwd" or "FW" for "forward," "Re:" for "reply," "FYI" for "for your information" and "FYA" for "for your action." These types of abbreviations are most common in the work environment, and some give you a quick idea of their importance by their abbreviations.

What does ++ mean in an email? ›

++ is used to add any person in the existing email loop. Suppose you receive an email and you want to share that mail to a person, if you select 'Reply All' in the email, and add ++ in email's body, a list of people in your organization will appear.

Whats the full meaning of PS? ›

What is the meaning of PS? PS stands for postscript. It comes from the Latin postscriptum, which literally means “written after.” A postscript is an additional thought added to letters (and sometimes other documents) that comes after it has been completed. Here's a tip: Want to make sure your writing shines?

What does 3 mean in an email? ›

The emoticon <3. means "Love" or "I Love You."

What are the email symbols? ›

A symbol for email. Depicted as the back of an envelope imprinted with a capital letter E (for electronic) or @ (at) sign. Commonly used as an icon before an email address. The envelope is generally white with the E or @ symbols shown in blue.

What does three dots mean in an email? ›

Ellipsis points are periods in groups of usually three, or sometimes four. They signal either that something has been omitted from quoted text, or that a speaker or writer has paused or trailed off in speech or thought. That's the basics.

What does P emoji mean? ›

According to Emoji Dictionary, the original P emoji meaning was “parking.” The blue P started showing up on social media after rappers Gunna, Future and Young Thug released the song “pushin P” King of The Hill is coming back.

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