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Abbreviations in letters and correspondence

attn

abbreviation

attention: used for showing that a letter is for the attention of a particular person

BYOB

abbreviation

bring your own bottle: used on invitations to show that you should take wine, beer, or something else to drink to a party

c/-

abbreviation

care of: used in an address on a letter or parcel that you are sending to someone at another person’s house

cc

abbreviation

used on a business letter or email for saying that a copy is being sent to the person mentioned

c/o

abbreviation

care of: used in an address on a letter or parcel that you are sending to someone at another person’s house

enc.

abbreviation

enclosed

encl.

abbreviation

enclosed or enclosure: used at the top or bottom of a letter to show that something else is being sent with it

fao

abbreviation

for the attention of: written in front of someone’s name on a document, letter, or envelope to show that it is intended for them

f.i.o.

abbreviation

for information only: written on a business letter or email to show that it is being sent to someone in order to give them information, and they are not expected to reply or take any action

pp

abbreviation

written before someone’s name when you are signing a letter for them

PPS

abbreviation

written before a note at the end of a letter, after the PS note

PS

abbreviation

postscript: used for introducing some additional information at the end of a letter after you have signed your name

PTO

abbreviation

please turn over: used at the bottom of a page when there is more writing on the other side

re

preposition

used in business letters for introducing the subject that you are going to write about

ref.

abbreviation

reference: used in a business letter when you are giving the numbers and letters that show exactly which document or piece of information you are talking about

RSVP

abbreviation

used on written invitations to ask the person invited to say whether they can go to a social event or not

creep

used with other nouns to describe the unexpected and often unwanted effects of a particular situation or trend

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