In The Press
"Choose the dictionary option and 26 dictionaries beckon, beginning with Merriam-Webster's online dictionary, where you can't begin to concentrate on the definition of "the" because a team of animated basketball players is begging you to shoot hoops. Scroll down to the end of the dictionary list and you will find the site stands4.com. Did you know that "T.H.E." stands for "three hours extra" and "thermometer"?"
The New York Times
"You can try a Web search for "what does [random abbreviation] mean?" But you may find it easier to consult a specialized dictionary site. Urban Dictionary is a decent resource, providing both explanations and context for these bits of jargon. Or try Abbreviations.com, which will also list technical terms matching a given sequence of capital letters."
The Washington Post
"When you find yourself drowning in a sea of abbreviations, acronyms, and other agonizing dehydrations of the English language, there is Stands4.com. Categorized by field (computing, business, etc.), the site sheds light on those phrases so many have worked so hard to conceal."
"...Fortunately for us, the same Internet that seems to generate new acronyms nonstop now has a new resource for decoding them. A site called Stands4.com provides not only easy searching for obscure abbreviations, but also facilities for browsing nearly a dozen categories, from computing and the Web to government, medicine and business. To look in on this powerful resource, which contains literally thousands of entries and is expanded daily, visit the site at http://stands4.com, where an attractively simple introductory page..."
Editor and Publisher
Best websites for 2005
"Since many abbreviations and acronyms are learned on a need-to-know basis, visit this site for thousands of entries, including Internet emoticons."
Best Free Reference Web Sites 2010
"An extensive collection of hundreds of thousands of acronyms, abbreviations, and initialisms, Abbriviations.com is neatly arranged by broad areas (e.g. Medical, Internet, International, Community). Each area is further broken down into more specific, browsable categories such as Veterinary, Emoticons, or Non-Profit. The "International" area is multilingual, featuring hundreds of entries in Spanish, German, French, and other languages. Users can contribute abbreviations as well as look them up. In addition to browsing, search options are also available: word to abbreviation, abbreviation to word, word in definition, There is also a metasearch option that seems deliver term use in Amazon and Google, but what it actually does is unexplained. Otherwise, this is a GR8 resource."
American Library Association
BBA Web Site of The Week
"As the world, and therefore legal practice, becomes more complex and specialized, keeping up with acronyms and abbreviations is ever more important for practitioners. Whether in the world of high tech, bio tech, medicine, business or elsewhere, nothing undercuts a lawyers image of competence like not being familiar with the jargon. The STANDS4.com Web site provides a quick way to look up acronyms and abbreviations in 10 different topic categories."
Web site of the day
"Ever wonder what all those abbreviations are that permeate our daily lives? Find out what HTTP, PDA and NASA mean with the help of this site which breaks down just about every shortcut out there."
"If you find yourself confused by an acronym or abbreviation and are too embarrassed to show your ignorance by asking then you can turn to the Web for answers. Abbreviations.com is an extensive database that will shed light on the most obscure terms. Type in the acronym or abbreviation you are looking for and the site will display possible definitions. You can also browse the abbreviations by category so if you're interested in Nasdaq ticker symbols or NASA departments then you can explore them that way.
The site also has other reference tools that you may find handy, including a dictionary of common expressions, a zip code database and a measurement conversion tool."
CanWest News Service
"Just the other day, I ran into yet another pesky acronym. Since it was in a trade magazine, the editors must have believed, I suppose, that all readers would be savvy enough to know what it meant.
Since I wasn't among that elite group, however, I went to Stands4.com — a great source for acronyms and abbreviations — to find out. There are several categories here from which to choose, including computers, Internet, business and medical. Or, you can browse alphabetically. The site (www.stands4.com) also includes a list of the most popular inquiries. Recently, the most sought-after, with 3,558 queries, was FUBAR (which, I now know, stands for "fouled up beyond all recognition.")"
The Business Journal
Incredibly Useful Sites
"Stands4.com is a huge searchable list of abbreviations and acronyms than can take the mystery out of the most obscure computing, medical, or governmental terminology. If you're stumped by any abbreviation you come across in your daily reading, just head for this site, PDQ."
Top 11 Online Reference Resources for Writers and Editors
"IMHO, you can depend on this site to do an XLNT job of finding or deciphering just about any acronym or abbreviation imaginable."
Grammar & Composition
"We're posting this because we love the headline: "Definitions.net and Synonyms.net join Abbreviations.com." That, and they're also all great online resources available from www.abbreviations.com."
"A search for PN on www.abbreviations.com yields 37 results, beginning with 'pain' (physiology). The rest include part number, Pitcairn Island, planetary nebulae, pseudo noise, peripheral neuropathy, practical nurse, proton neutron, portable network, primitive notion, and project nothing."
Abbreviations in Business
"How many times have you opened a document and started reading, only to be soon confronted by a group of capitalised letters that forced you to stop because you didn't understand what they meant? A useful website to check more business-related abbreviations is: http://www.abbreviations.com."
Bad Choice, Almost Dead
"If you find AD intolerable, Abbreviations.com gives 115 possible meanings. Just pretend it refers to 'air-dried', or 'after dinner' or 'almost dead' or 'acute disorder'. The latter would be appropriate."
Some of the Best Free Web Sites
"Abbreviations.com is a comprehensive directory of hundreds of thousands of acronyms, abbreviations, and initialisms. Browse by category (e.g., Medical) and refine by sub-category (e.g., Hospitals), or search using one of three options (look for the drop-down arrow in the search box): word to abbreviation, abbreviation to word, or word in definition. The "International" category is multilingual, and includes entries in French, Hebrew, Spanish, and other languages. This is a handy ready reference resource for a wide range of users and subject areas."
"I love crosswords but they can be very frustrating so here is a real help. Go to www.stands4.com, An A to Z of acronyms and abbreviations and by far the best site on these I have seen."
"AbbreviationZ.com is an online glossary of hundreds of thousands of abbreviations and acronyms. As you'd expect, the dictionary can be searched and is available for browsing alphabetically. But what makes AbbreviationZ.com stand out from the crowd is the subject directory, where you can find abbreviations specific to hundreds of topics such as Meteorology, Chess, Unit Measures, Airport Codes and Funnies, to name just a few."
Internet Tip of the Week
www.STANDS4.com - This month's Editor's Choice
"How many times have you been given an acronym or abbreviation and not known exactly what it stood for? Such dilemmas are further complicated when one acronym has similar meanings. For example, ASP can stand for either "Application Service Provider" or "Active Server Pages."
STANDS4.com solves such dilemmas by providing an ever-growing database of nearly 100,000 acronym and abbreviation definitions."
Washington Business Magazine
"Stands4.com is an extensive online repository of acronyms and abbreviations. Site design is very clear. Users can browse alphabetically or search within categories... Stands4.com is particularly useful for computer-related acronyms... With its wide array of content and ease of use, Stands4.com will be a useful addition to reference librarians' bookmark lists or Web toolboxes."
MCB University Press
Washington State University Libraries, USA
How to Read Abbreviated Words in Court Records
"Learn how to interpret police testimony in court documents. An excellent source is the site Abbreviations.com. Narrow your search to "Police." As of May 2011, this site contained 1,542 entries that include abbreviations for suspects (race, age, ethnicity, gender), crimes, vehicles, suspicious behavior, drugs, weapons, community agencies, police personnel and departments, mental illness, geographic locations, crime scene details, actions taken and gang terminology."
"Abbreviations.com contains thousands of acronyms and abbreviations. This search engine allows you to track down an abbreviation or do a reverse lookup. You can browse by a large variety of subjects as well. It's pretty good. Check it out."
Weekly Web Finds
"This Web site is the ultimate tool for would be rappers and poets as it lets its users search for words that rhyme. So if you can't figure out what rhymes with a word like sizzle just type it in to the search and you will find several rhyming options like fizzle, chisel and even drizzle. So next time you need a rhyming word just visit www.rhymes.net"
"Otras webs para tener a mano son Abbreviations, un potente glosario de acrónimos y siglas internacional, útil para salir de dudas y no confundir organismos, por ejemplo. También contiene otras utilidades, como citas célebres, definiciones, letras de canciones o incluso conversiones, pero para estas cuestiones hay webs más completas."
El Cuarto Bit
"Ever wonder what an abbreviation or acronym might stand for? With a listing of over 100,000 entries in 71 categories, STANDS4.com does a great job sorting it out."
"If like me you can sometimes get a pit perplexed by acronyms and abbreviations, then a useful online resource to try and help explain them is STANDS4 (www.STANDS4.com). So if AFAIK is baffling you with e-mails or some other term is confusing you, STANDS4 is a useful resource to check out to see if they can shed any light on it. A simple idea and one that has potential to grow."
"Stands4 bills itself as "the source for acronyms and abbreviations" and it's by far the biggest one I've seen. For example, looking up "ASP" returns list of 39 terms, among which, as you might expect, are Application Service Provider and Active Server Pages. You don't have to look up individual acronyms, you can browse alphabetically, or by category. The pop-up tips on the menus are excellent."
DevX - Sightings
"ICQ WYSIWYG MCSE PHP NASDAQ... Acronyms and abbreviations are everywhere. But do you really know what they mean? Stands4.com can tell you. Just use the search box or browse through the 80 categories of listings. The site allows you to add a new entry or create a list of your favorites, too. If you're an IE/Windows user, a brand new feature installs a right-click menu so you can decript an acronym as you browse the web.
Stands4.com is not only informative, but entertaining. For example, MCSE is the official acronym for Microsoft Certified System Engineer, but it carries a few "unofficial" meanings, as well, such as Multiple Choice Selection Expert. There are more, but I'll let you check them out for yourself..."
Staffing Industry Tips
"Acronyms and abbreviations are enough to drive even the sanest person completely crazy! If you're like me and need reminding of what certain letters stand for then you'll find this Web site totally irreplaceable!
Go to: http://www.stands4.com"
The Learning Curve
SPN Site of the Day
"STANDS4.com is one of those unique sites that you rarely run across these days - a search engine and directory of acronyms and abbreviations. If you want to know what abbreviations like SQL, WYSIWYG, and ASP stand for, then this is the place to visit. Search alphabetically, by category or keywords."
"This is a terrifically handy site to have... There are a couple of ways to use this site too. You can use the search engine near the top of the page, the linked alphabet, or the categories. The Search Engine is fairly simple to use... The Linked Alphabet is pretty self explanatory... and on the side of the main page are little interesting things like Most Popular Queries, and Did You Know That. All in all this site is going on my favorites list due to usefulness."
Amanda's Cool Site
"Ever wonder what the GPRS stands for on your cell phone? What about CDMA? FDIC? If you're tired of trying to decypher what these acronyms and abbreviations stand for, click your computer over to abbreviationz.com... that's the word "abbreviations" spelled with a "z" instead of an "s". Simply input the jumble of letters you'd like deciphered and get your easy-to-understand answer in a fraction of a second... or as this site would say, ASAP."
Tech Tips 101
Web Site Of The Day
"AbbreviationZ, "The A to Z of Acronyms & Abbreviations on the Net," is a must for those who may have scratched their head a time or two when tyring to figure out what a certain phrase means. This Web site has a search bar that lets you search for phrases, abbreviations, or acroymns that might be puzzling you. The site has a compilation of nearly 350,000 entries with 120 different categories to search. No more reading acronymns that you don't even recognize and abbreviations that you have no idea what they stand for."
"QQF! According to the site AbbreviationZ, that means Quite Quite Fantastic in the business world, although I think it'd work just about anywhere. And it could be just the label for this word lovers site. You can search through more than 357,000 abbreviations and acronyms in more than 130 categories. Search for an exact phrase, the beginning of a phrase, do a reverse look up, or even run a metasearch of a number of sites at the same time. You can also submit entries, become an editor or - this is a neat feature - add a little tool to your browser to let you decipher acronyms and abbreviations on the fly. If you're a Mac user, there's a free widget, too, that lets you paste any acronym or abbreviation in it for translation. Ah, technology! You'd just have to wonder, if he had access to this site, WWWD (that's "What Would Webster Do")."
Eye on the Web
"Vous êtes perdus avec tous ces acronymes utilisés dans des discussions techniques? Vous hochez la tête mais dans le fond vous ne comprenez rien de ce que l'autre personne vous explique? Vous avez hâte de pouvoir terminer la discussion pour vous rendre sur le site Web Abbreviations.com pour pouvoir finalement déchiffrer le message que vous venez de recevoir!
Ce site est une référence des plus intéressantes pour trouver réponses à vos questions d'abbréviations!"
Hors sujet, Internet
"Every translator's must-have. Nicely categorized browsing. Search functionality. Very fast. Ultimately the best."
Chartered Translators Ireland
"Abbreviations are supposed to make speaking easier, but sometimes, unintentionally, they can make understanding unbelievably difficult. Abbreviations.com can help. Whether you're trying to keep your head above the onslaught of education-related abbreviations (ADHD, NCLB, DOE... and those are the only ones I understand), or helping students sort through challenging reading, the answer is a heartbeat away.
With a clean interface and the option of limiting to a particular domain (governmental, internet, academic), this is a site worth bookmarking. Bonus: you can finally understand what your students are texting about. OMG!"
"Have you ever had problems trying to figure out what a particular abbreviation or acronym means? If so, bookmark the STANDS4.com - the source for acronyms and abbreviations site as you'll undoubtedly use it again. Great site and very useful to have."
Mac's Picks of the Week
"The widespread use of acronyms generally is a relatively modern phenomenon, according to Yigal Ben Efraim, founder and CEO of Abbreviations.com, a web site about abbreviations. It began in the 19th century thanks to growing literacy rates, but usage skyrocketed as the 20th century progressed.
"The rise in literacy, media, science and technology brought an enormous amount of new terms and definitions, which naturally required a shorthand form to ease their daily usage," says Ben Efraim."
Media Life Magazine
Abbreviations.com - Finally Some Answers
"...If you're having the same problem understanding abbreviations, then you should try out Abbreviations.com. This site, will allow you to finally find out what those pesky abbreviations mean. You won't only find abbreviations that are commonly used when talking about the web. There are also medical and governmental terms, all explained for all of us to understand. The site is part of a larger network of sites that all have a similar purpose: explaining things to us. There's a site that explains expressions, another one for synonyms, and even one for zip codes. If you're stumped about the meaning of an abbreviation (or anything else), you should start clearing things up by visiting this site."
Quotes.net - Quoth The Raven
"Found on the web at www.quotes.net, this site provides thousands of movie and famous quotations from many literary giants that can be browsed, searched, heard and translated to several languages. Community related features such as voting and ranking are also accounted for. The actual contents of the site are very compelling, and the whole project is backed up by the popular STANDS4 network of award winning reference related resources. Needles to say, I really enjoyed browsing through the site, and I have added it to my collection of bookmarks. Yeats once said that the only business of the head in the world is to bow a ceaseless obeisance to the heart. If you are looking for words straight from the heart, this site will provide you with more than enough to get started."
"Quotes.net - Could a website on quotations be named anything else? The site lists thousands of quotations which can be browsed, searched, heard and translated to several languages. A user can search quotes by Author, by Subject or from Movies. A small pointer at the end of each quote takes it to its individual page where one can click the voice icon to hear it aloud, translate it through a dropdown, rate it or add it to your bibliography. Even though not all the translations are word perfect, this is a nice feature."
Sites to Help You Grow as a Writer
"Definitions.net is an entire search engine dedicated to definitions in the dictionary. What a find and pleasure to use. It has multiple features such as abbreviations, conversions, definitions, phrases, quotes, references and synonyms. This search engine is a pleasure to use, and quite easy to maneuver. The words located in this search engine are broken down to date, function and even the etymology of the word. This is a useful search engine for students or those wanting to improve your language skills."
Rhymes.net - An Online Rhyming Dictionary
"At Rhymes.net you are going to find an online rhyming dictionary that will cater for all the aspiring Dylans out there. Thousands of rhyme entries are included for almost any given word and the interface is as clear as you could possibly want it to be. Budding poets will find it a valuable tool when inspiration is conspicuous by its absence."
"Synonyms.net - This word site does a much better job of searching out synonyms and presenting a lot of related information around the results. The synonyms themselves are again hyperlinked. You have an audio help for the pronunciation; a dropdown to translate the word into another language; a word image; a Q&A box if you have a question about the word; a citation aid; and alternative search options which give you things like quotes and abbreviations on the main word. You can also search for song lyrics which have the particular word."
"WIW, ABBR is a WOW.. OK, I made up that last acroymn, but it does describe ABBR, a site that celebrates shortcuts. You can browse through Internet, Business, Community, Computing, Sports, Business and Medical sections. Or simply search all the categories by starting with the abbreviation and looking for the word, using a word to search for an abbreviation, or search for an abbreviation with a specific word in it. They throw in the definition, too, or you can do a metasearch for meaning on the entire Web. You can create your own list of abbreviations - great for specific fields or topics - and submit ones that aren't yet listed. The site also provides tools that help you search its database from anywhere. While you're there, check out the associated sites - they're also GR8."
Eye on the Web
Are you suffering Acronymitis?
"So, my fellow BAs, next time you interview SMEs for requirements of an MDM project, and IT offers three SaaS options that leverage SOA in the EC2 infrastructure and the executives tell you to get some BI and BPM in place ASAP, don't worry. Just keep Wikipedia and Abbreviations.com by your side, and smile. You'll be able to decipher it all, and help all sides know what the heck they're talking about, even if they don't!"
Bridging the Gap
So what is an RTB anyway?
"So when a project fails and is not delivered, well I think a lot of this can come down to communication(s) which have not been agreed by part of the project team. Also, I am positive that acronyms or TLA's are also a pretty darn good cause of mis-communication issues. And here is why, the term ASP what do you think it stands for... maybe a couple of shared terms? Actually it has so far over 50 cataloged acronyms on a site dedicated to cataloging and supplying explanations for all the different acronyms, site is here: Abbreviations.com."
100 Powerful Search Engines You May Not Know About
"Through References.net, you can get connected with just about every reference tool available, from patents to almanacs. Need the right thing to say? Check out Quotes.net to reference famous words from famous people."
48 Ultra-Cool Summer Sites for Kids and Teachers
"Rhymes.net is a simple search site that returns rhyming words to whatever you enter in the search field. The rhyming words are divided into syllables for ease of use, and there is a list of photos of whichever word you search for. Even better, Rhymes.net automatically generates citations for bibliographies."
Welcome to the web’s largest rhyme search engine!
"If you’re looking for words that rhyme with a specific word you’ve come to the right place. You’ll also find a special collection of nursery rhymes that are featured on the main page.
The site is easy to use! I love that they use the word Rhyme on the front page to show you an example of what your search results will be. So now that you know what to expect from your results. Another great feature is that you can find the translation of any word you’re looking for by selecting a different language from the another language drop down box under translation.
This is an awesome site to bookmark for the time when you need to find a word that rhymes quickly!"
Amanda's Cool Site
100 Search Engines For Academic Research
"Through References.net, you can get connected with just about every reference tool available, from patents to almanacs. Need the right thing to say? Check out Quotes.net to reference famous words from famous people."
60 Awesome Search Engines for Serious Writers
"References.net: Find all the reference material you could ever need through this search engine. Quotes.net: If you need a quote, try searching for one by topic or by author on this site."
Accredited Online Colleges
20 Best Quote Websites
"The quotes on Quotes.net are mainly segregated based on the authors and can be easily searched for valuable quotations."
Top Ranked Everything!
31 Online Resources for Better Writing
"Synonyms.net - One of the most comprehensive collections of synonyms on the Internet."
Quick Online Tips
Sites of the Month
"Lyrics.net - A free to use website that will act as an excellent resource for lyrics to your favorite songs."
10 Dictionary Sites For Writers
"Rhymes.net - Not only does this site give you rhymes, but translations, definitions and links to search for phrases and lyrics that contain your original search word too."
Writing, Marketing and Technology
"Rhymes.net - Rhymes & Chimes has an attractive façade to go with its name. The rhyming dictionary’s mission is to become the largest human-edited rhymes collection on the web. Results are broken down according to syllables, and you can also search for the word’s translations, its uses in phrases and quotes, along with other conversions as you can see in the screenshot. One of the unique features is that it also gives you citation styles for different types of documents."
"Synonyms.net - As the name suggests, this resource is about synonyms. It has a rich collection of synonyms, all collected from the internet. You can depend on it to liven your writing."