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Phrase: ROM

Meaning: It stands for read-only memory. It is pronounced /rɒm/.

This type of memory cannot usually be modified, and it is persistent.


Examples:

I need to buy a CD ROM disc / disk (American English) to back up my data.

A DVD (= digital versatile disc / digital video disc) ROM disc can store more information than a CD (= compact disc) ROM disc.

I like this DVD ROM drive. It works like a charm.

As you will probably have noticed in the examples above, "CD ROM disc" is pleonastic, because the word "disc / disk" appears twice. The same applies to "DVD ROM disc". However, people say it so as to differentiate "disc" from "drive". Nevertheless, you can also say the following:

I want to buy a CD / DVD to back up my data.

I like your CD / DVD player.

I have written a new song. If you would like to hear it, play this CD / DVD.

Date: 22-07-2021

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Phrase: RAM

Meaning: Random Access Memory, that is, the memory that a computer uses. It can be modified. It is volatile, and faster than hard drives. It is pronounced /ræm/.

Example:
This computer has 32 GB (= gigabytes) of RAM.

Date: 22-07-2021

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Phrase: NASA

Meaning: National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

It is managed by the USA government. It is pronounced /'næsə/.

Date: 22-07-2021

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Phrase: SMS

Meaning: It stands for Short Message Service or Short Message System. It is used to refer to the transmission of short text messages via or to mobile phones.

Examples:
I will send you an SMS (message) tomorrow.
Here you can send free SMS (messages).

Date: 21-05-2021

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Phrase: vs

Meaning: Against something or someone.

Examples:
Tonight we have a football match: Catalonia vs Germany.

You must not miss tonight's debate on TV3: botiflers versus (or vs) maulets. (Botiflers and maulets are Catalan words. The former one refers to those against the independence of Catalonia, and the latter, to those in favour.)

Should marihuana be legalised? First, We must weigh up its benefits vs its side-effects. We believe it should because it is a natural pain-killer / painkiller, and has many other benefits.

Date: 28-07-2020

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Phrase: GB

Meaning: The abbreviation of Great Britain.

Date: 26-07-2020

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Phrase: RP

Meaning: It means "Received Pronunciation", that is, the standard British English. In American English, they use GA, which stands for General American.

Date: 26-07-2020

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Phrase: Brexit

Meaning: It stands for Britain's exit or British exit.

Examples:
Brexit rocks. Europe sucks. The kingdom of Castile and the European Union are an insult to my intelligence because they mean everything for the people, but without the people (= the motto of Enlightened Despotism).

Long live Brexit, and Catexit (= Catalonia's exit)! Catalonia (= Barcelona, Valencia, Majorca, and so on) is an oppressed country. I envy Brexiters / Brexiteers because they have left the European Union, which is ruled by neoliberals and colonialist politicians. I am left-wing, and think that colonialism and savage capitalism should be stopped. After Brexit, there is hope.

Brexit will make Britain great again. I am sure about it.

Sent by Miquel Molina

Date: 02-02-2020

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Phrase: FAQ's / FAQs

Meaning: The abbreviation of Frequently Asked Questions.

Example:
If there is anything you do not understand, have a look at the FAQ's.

Date: 25-05-2019

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Phrase: AI

Meaning: An abbreviation for artificial intelligence.

Example:
Will AI replace human beings?

Date: 25-05-2019

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Phrase: SWIFT

Meaning: An abbreviation for "Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication". It is used for international wire transfers.

Example:
Please do not forget to include the SWIFT code.

Date: 13-05-2018

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Phrase: REM

Meaning: An abbreviation for "rapid eye movement". This happens when we are sound asleep.

Date: 12-05-2018

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Phrase: o'clock

Meaning: It is short for "of the clock".

Examples:
We arranged to meet at ten o'clock in the morning, that is, at 10 am.
I went to see her at four o'clock in the afternoon, that is, at 4 pm.
It's eight o'clock, ie, 8 am or pm.
I want you there at six (o'clock) sharp, that is, exactly at the time.

Date: 20-04-2018

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Phrase: PIN

Meaning: It stands for "personal identity or identification number", ie, a password.

Examples:
Here are the new credit card and the PIN to access your account.
If you enter the PIN incorrectly three times, your mobile phone will be blocked.

Date: 18-04-2018

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Phrase: GMT

Meaning: It stands for "Greenwich Mean Time". There is a synonym: UTC, which stands for "Coordinated Universal Time".

Example:
The rocket will be launched at 9.25 pm GMT.

Date: 24-03-2018

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Phrase: ID

Meaning: It stands for "identity".

Examples:
I need your ID card, sir. This is a restricted area.
I don't have any ID on me. I forgot my passport in the hotel.

Date: 24-03-2018

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Phrase: VIP

Meaning: An insulting abbreviation that stands for "very important person". This means that there are people more important than others, which is not true. Every human life has the same importance as the rest. There ought not to be any VIP's.

Example:
Rulers and bankers may get/be given the VIP treatment, but I have no time for them because I think they are the root of all evil. As time goes by, we have fewer rights, and less money; but they have more rights, more privileges, more impunity, and more money.

Date: 14-03-2018

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Phrase: no (singular) / nos (plural)

Meaning: It is the abbreviation for "number(s)".

Examples:
We are in room no 203.
My favourite player is no 8.
My parents live at no 8.

Date: 13-03-2018

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Phrase: VCR

Meaning: It stands for "video cassette recorder".

Example:
I haven't been able to find a VCR. This technology is obsolete, but it was so cool to record TV programs on tape.

Date: 13-03-2018

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Phrase: ATM

Meaning: It stands for "automated teller machine", that is, a cash dispenser, a cashpoint, a cash machine. Or in other words, it is a machine for withdrawing money from your bank account.

Example:
Is there an ATM near here? I need some cash.

Date: 12-03-2018

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Phrase: DNA

Meaning: It stands for "deoxyribonucleic acid". It refers to the genes, heredity.

Example:
Today we will explain how DNA sequencing works, and some DNA sequencing methods.

Date: 11-03-2018

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Phrase: aka

Meaning: It stands for "also known as".

Example:
Samuel Langhorne Clemens, aka Mark Twain, was a great novelist.

Date: 10-03-2018

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Phrase: SOS

Meaning: It stands for "Save our Souls". It is a message or signal asking for help. "Mayday" is a word that has a similar meaning.

Examples:
We have received an SOS / mayday signal from a ship. I think they are in trouble.
We have just sent out an SOS requesting food and medical supplies.

Date: 09-03-2018

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Phrase: VAT

Meaning: It stands for "value added tax". It is a tax that everybody has to pay for goods and services.

Example:
Shop assistant: It's 121 euros, sir.
Customer: Here it says "100 euros".
Shop assistant: Yes, but VAT is not included in the price, and has to be paid.
Customer: 21% VAT is a rip-off! It should not exceed ten percent. As a matter of fact, I think VAT should not even exist. It is the result of the privatisation of state-owned companies.

Date: 08-03-2018

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Phrase: UFO

Meaning: It stands for "unidentified flying object".

Example:
She told me that she has seen several UFO's lately. She said that they were round spacecraft with green creatures inside. She thinks we are being invaded by beings from outer space.

Date: 07-03-2018

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