List of Japanese Latin alphabetic abbreviations
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Abbreviations are common in Japanese; these include many Latin alphabet letter combinations, generally pronounced as initialisms. Some of these combinations are common in English, but others are unique to Japan or of Japanese origin, and form a kind of wasei eigo (Japanese-coined English).
This is a list of Latin alphabet letter combinations used in Japan.
- DT – dōtei (童貞, male virgin)
- DV - Domestic Violence
- EV - elevator
- GW - Golden Week
- JC – joshi chūgakusei (女子中学生, female middle school student)
- JH – Japan Highway Public Corporation
- JK – jōshikiteki ni kangaete (常識的に考えて, Internet slang for "thinking logically")
- JK – joshi kōsei (女子高生, female high school student)
- JR – Japan Railway
- JS – joshi shōgakusei (女子小学生, female elementary school student)
- JSDF – Japan Self-Defense Forces (also abbreviated as SDF)
- KY – kūki yomenai (空気読めない, lit. "unable to read the air"); refers to someone who is unable to read a social situation.
- KSK – kekkon shite kudasai (結婚してください, lit. "marry me please"); an increasingly popular way to propose among young people.
- LDP – the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan
- OA - office automation (i.e. the computerization of offices), opening act (as in live music performances)
- OB - old boy (male former student (alumnus), club member, teammate, employee, etc.)
- OG - old girl (female former student (alumnus), club member, teammate, employee, etc.)
- OL – office lady (a female office worker)
- OP – opening (title sequence, often used regarding anime)
- OSV – original sound version (video game soundtrack)
- OVA – original video animation (also abbreviated as OAV)
- PS – police station
- PV – promotional video (usually refers specifically to music videos)
- TQB – tei kyū bi (定休日, regular holiday or fixed day off)
- TPO - Time, Place, Occasion
- VG – video game
- VTR – video tele-replay (the display of pre-recorded footage)
- W - laugh out loud warau (笑う)