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Work LingoBusinesses LOVE to shorten phrases into snappy abbreviations or acronyms. To avoid feeling in the unknown, and so you can understand the work lingo, I’ve put together a glossary of common business sayings to help guide you!

If you have any to add to the list, please suggest them in the comments below.

Top business abbreviations and acronyms
(in alphabetical order):

  • 2IC: Second in charge
  • Ad-land: Advertising Industry
  • AMT: Morning Tea Time
  • B2B: Business to Business
  • B2C: Business to Consumer
  • CEO: Chief Executive Officer
  • CFO: Chief Financial Officer
  • CMO: Chief Marketing Officer
  • COB: Close of Business (end of the day)
  • COP: Close of Play (end of the day)
  • COO: Chief Operating Officer
  • CTO: Chief Technology Officer
  • ETA: Estimated Time of Arrival
  • EDM: Email Direct Marketing
  • EOY: End of Year
  • EOFY: End of Financial Year
  • FAQ: Frequently Asked Question
  • FYI: For Your Information
  • HR: Human Resources
  • HWC: Hot Water Cup
  • MOD: Manager On Duty
  • PMT: Afternoon Tea Time
  • PR: Public Relations
  • Quid Pro Quo: Doing something for something in return
  • ROI: Return on Investment
  • SME: Small-to-Medium sized Enterprise
  • SMB: Small-to-Medium sized Business
  • TBC: To Be Confirmed or To Be Called
  • TBD: To Be Determined
  • WIP: Work In Progress (usually referred to as a catch-up meeting)
  • YOY: Year-on-Year

What sayings do you hear at your workplace? Please share them in the comments below!

Laura is the Founder & Editor of The Workher. She is an award winning Public Relations professional, who loves blogging about surviving and thriving in the workplace as a young woman.

4 comments on “Work Lingo Glossary”

  1. I awkwardly had to ask my boss to clarify these two…
    SMT: Senior Management Team
    KPI: Key Performance Indicator

  2. I awkwardly had to ask for clarification as to what a MREC was recently.. to the person I’d just successfully negotiated a Quid Pro Quo for an EDM too… *cringe*

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