|Learning English - The Flatmates|
Although these abbreviations originally came from computing, they are now also used outside the computing world:|
FAQs – Frequently asked questions (pronounced as individual letters FAQs
) New Employees: If you have any problems, consult the FAQs on our notice board.
WYSIWYG – what you see is what you get (pronounced as one word – 'wysiwyg')
Originally used to describe an image on a computer screen that is exactly the same when it is printed on paper. Now used to mean there is nothing hidden or surprising about something you see or buy
The food here is WYSIWYG. No surprises, down to earth, tasty and cheap.
These two abbreviations are pronounced as individual letters:
EFL – English as a foreign language
Khalid is studying business at college, as well as being an EFL student at a private school.
TLC – Tender loving care
This kitten has been abandoned. She needs a good home and some TLC.
IOU – I owe you (a written promise to re-pay money that someone has loaned you)
Here's an IOU. I'll pay you back the money next week, honest.
These two abbreviations are pronounced as complete words:
DINKIES – Double income, no kids (describes two working adults in a relationship who don't have any children)
They've got plenty of money. They're DINKIES.
NIMBY – Not in my backyard (I want something to happen but don't want it to happen near me)
Everyone thinks the new airport will bring jobs here but they get all NIMBY about it when we ask where to build it.
a short informal letter
holding Khalid's hand
support Khalid when he's very frightened or nervous
the electrical machine a dentist uses to put a filling into someone's tooth
stick to my New Year's resolution
keep the promises I made to myself at New Year