Most Commonly Used Abbreviations at Everyday Life – But do you know what they stand for?

We use a lot of abbreviations at our everyday life, but many of us do not bother about what they stand for and just go with it. Few of such terms explained below along with some interesting facts. Count the ones which you do not know already, you might end up in surprise!



We cannot live without it right? But do you know it stands for Automatic Teller Machine. This name derived because the machine was introduced to replace a bank cashier or in other words a bank teller. The first ATM was introduced at 1967 at UK



Relevant terms:

PIN – We need a PIN to use our card at ATM isn’t? A PIN stands for Person Identification Number

CVV – CVV stands for Card Verification Value. The 3 or 4 digit secret number at the backside of your card




Again, we use these every day when representing time. AM and PM stands for Ante Meridiem and Post Meridiem respectively. In Latin they mean Before Mid Day and After Mid Day. The concept of this 12-hour timing started at 1500 BC by Egyptians.




CC/BCC in E-mail

CC in terms e-mail stands for Carbon Copy and BCC stands for Blind Carbon Copy. The people whoever named it must have liked the old Carbon Copying feature with typewriters a lot probably!




Relevant Terms:

P.S. – We sometime use this at the end of our e-mails. It stands for Post Script

CC- Another instance of CC in terms of automobile (E.g. 2500CC Car Engine) stands for Cubic Capacity or Cubic Centimetres. This is a metric used to represent the volume of engine. Eventually it is directly related to the Engine Power.



CFL bulbs, we use it everyday and everywhere isn’t? Do you know it stands for Compact Fluorescent Lamp? On average a CFL bulb could save the energy cost save up to 5 times its original purchase price. Good of our wallet as well as environment!





All of us enjoy watching movies in DVD or use it as a storage medium. Do you know it stands for Digital Video Disc or Digital Versatile Disc. DVD media invented by 4 electronics majors Panasonic, Toshiba, Philips and Sony at 1995.



Relevant Term:

Blu-Ray (or) BD Disc – This is named as Blu-Ray which is derived from the name Blue-Ray Laser which is used to read and write data into this type of media.




The most widely used graphic format. The JPG or JPEG stands for Joint Photographic Experts Group. It is one of the most successful image compression format created by a committee called Joint Picture Experts Group. The JPG format nearly saves 10 times the file size with a very minimal loss (almost difficult to perceive) of image quality.





Similar to JPG, MPG stands for/represents Moving Picture Experts Group. The revolutionary compression method used to compress video and audio.




Relevant Terms:

MPEG1 (.mpg)??- Used originally for the video CDs (or VCDs) earlier. VCDs usually stores the video of size 352 x 240 pixels with mpg-1 compression

MPEG2 (.mpg)??- This video format used in DVDs. It supports the higher quality video in the size of 720 x 480 pixels.

MP3 -??The 3rd compression technique of mpg used to compress audio/music files in specific. The portable music industry emerged so well with this revolutionary compression technique.




Light weight, superb picture quality, and low energy consumption. No wonder LCD and LED TVs sent those old bulky CRT TVs out of market. Do you know LCD stands for Liquid Crystal Display, the LCD screen creates display with the help of smallest entities called Liquid Crystals (also known as Pixels).

Similarly LED stands for Light Emitting Diode. A very small piece of electronic component, such components form as a grid and create the visuals in screen.




A magical interface which transformed the computer/electronic world. It stands for??Universal??Serial??Bus. This revolutionary interface enabled the computer/electronic devices to transact data among them at very high speeds compare to the previous standard serial/parallel interfaces.

There are 3 USB versions, the latest interface is USB 3.0 which enables the data transfer up to 625 MB/second.




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  1. raunak says:

    Amazingly good

    1. electron says:

      Thanks for feedback Raunak!

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