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.
To avoid going through such embarrassment again, I decided to compile all the frequently used email abbreviations. 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.
Here is a list of email abbreviations that you can use in your emails:
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.
Used to inform the recipient that they are given a task.
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.
It is used when you want to send or receive something by the end of the day.
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.
It is used when you want to send or receive something by the end of the week. In business emails, EOW refers to Friday.
When you want to share some helpful information that you think the recipient might now know of, you can use this acronym.
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.
This is typically used in the subject line to send follow-up information about something the recipients already know.
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.
It is used informally to tell the recipient that the sender is in a meeting.
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.
Used in the subject line to tell the recipient that you require a response from them.
Used in the subject line to tell the recipient that you require a quick response.
Used in the subject line to tell the recipient that you require a response within the working day.
You can use this abbreviation to tell the recipient that the reply is required for the email before the next working day. NYR-NBD can be written either in the subject line or email copy.
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.
Used in business emails to indicate that the content is not related to business, the recipient can ignore it if desired.
Used when the email content is contained in the subject line, and the email body remains empty. This saves the recipient's time because then they do not have to open the email.
Used to inform the recipient that they don’t need to reply to the email, which reduces email clutter from replies like “okay, great.”
OOO is the standard acronym to tell the recipient that you are out of office.
When you send documents or a set of documents in the email, you should mention PFA to inform the recipient about the documents.
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, an expression meaning "written after." You can also use PS to write some thoughts that you forget to mention before signing the email.
When you need a reply by a specific date and time, you can use this abbreviation.
You can use this abbreviation to tell the recipient that they should reply to this email.
This acronym indicates that an email is completely fine to view at work because the email content is suitable for the viewer.
Used to request that the email recipient forwards the email to some other person.
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.
Used to inform the recipient that a short reply is expected.
Use this abbreviation when you need a yes or no response. It saves the recipient time and also reduces the chances of getting more responses.
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. 😅