Three Ways to Shorten Words or Phrases

- are shortened words formed by deleting some of its letters with the replacement of a period.

- mostly used to address people’s occupation/political rank/educational attainment- usually starts with a capital letter WHEN preceding a proper noun.

- when occurring in a sentence without a proper name that comes after, it is just written in lower case.


Dr. = doctor
Engr. =  engineer
Gov. = governor
Col. = colonel

Ms. = miss
Mr. = mister
Mrs.  = mistress
Bro. = brother
Sis. = sister

-are shortened words formed by combining two words and omitting some letters replaced by an apostrophe ().


don’t  =  do not
o’clock = on clock
isn’t = is not
weren’t = were not
you’ve = you have
you’re = you are
I’m = I am
wasn’t= was not
can’t = can not
you’ll = you will
I’ve = I have
it’s = it is

All caps, every letter or syllable has its corresponding word/noun to stand for.


CWS = children’s worship service
Comelec = Commission on Elections
AIDS = Acquired Immuno-deficiency Syndrome
HukBaLaHap = Hukbong Bayan Laban sa mga Hapon
LGBT = lesbians, gay, bisexuals and transgender
(there is a community established by Korina Sanchez-Roxas, if  I’m not mistaken, )
OC = obsessive-compulsive
LCD = Liquid Crystal Display
CD = compact disc

TESDA = Technological Enhancement and Skills Development Authority

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