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The Period (#8), by Dennis Oliver

The Period (#8):
Abbreviations
in
Business Correspondence
 

One very common and important punctuation mark
( . ) looks like a small, dark circle. When this mark is
used with numbers, it's called a point. When it's used
in e-mail and WWW addresses, it's called a dot. In
other situations, it's called a period.

In American English, one common use for the period
is in abbreviations. Here are some abbreviations which
are commonly used in business correspondence:

 

assn.   association
     
Attn.  

Attention

used to direct correspondence
to a specific person:

Customer Relations Department
Attn: Sylvia

     
cc.  

carbon copy (nowadays, photocopy)

used to show who has received
a copy of a letter, memo, etc.

Note: usually used without a period

     
bcc.  

blind carbon copy

used to show (secretly) who has
received a copy of a letter, memo, etc.

Note: usually used without a period

     
CEO  

Chief Executive Officer

Note: used without periods

     
co.   company
     
corp.   corporation
     
dept.   department
     
div.   division
     
encl.  

enclosure(s)

used to show what that something
has been included with a letter,
report, memo, etc.

     
inc.   incorporated
     
int'l.   international
     
ltd.   limited
     
Mgr.   manager
     
Pres.   president
     
re,
ref.
  concerning,
with reference to
     
secy.   secretary
     
TBA   to be announced (at a later time)
     
VP   vice president

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