Editor’s Note: Understanding Acronyms and Abbreviations Posted by John Bauer on Oct 21, 2015 in Grammar, Vocabulary
French uses many sigles (acronyms) and abréviations (abbreviations) in everyday writing beyond textspeak. There are many in English aussi (as well) that people don’t think about very often: etc, eg, ie, PS, and many more.
I was reading an article en français (in French) and I came across un sigle that I couldn’t understand:
There was nothing obvious about it, and I couldn’t come up with anything that would fit the letters! After a quick search I learned that it was:
Note de la redaction
It’s used when the editor wants to add in their own opinion or clarification in a quote or a citation. When I read it I couldn’t think of a good English equivalent. That confusion made me think about what other sigles and abréviations are used in French that are very common in everday writing.
Voici une petite liste de sigles et abréviations en français :
Train à grande vitesse
High speed rail
University restaurant (dining hall)
Version originelle sous-titrée
Original subtitled version
Sans domicile fixe
Without fixed home (homeless)
Relevé d’identité bancaire
Bank identity statement (bank account details)
Technologies d’informations et de la communication
Information and communication technologies (Information technologies IT)
That is to say (That is, ie)
eg (for example)
et cetera (and so on, etc)
PS (note added to the end of a letter)
Let me know in the comments if you’ve come across any French sigles or abréviations that confused you!
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SRC, for Societe Radio-Canada, the French broadcasting company in canada. “Societe” required some getting used to. It can be a false friend, meaning “company” or “corporation” in French. Not “society,” as in “the aggregate of people living together in a more or less ordered community.”
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