Abbreviations Used in Letter Writing

The following abbreviations are widely used in letters:

  • asap = as soon as possible

  • cc = carbon copy (when you send a copy of a letter to more than one person, you use this abbreviation to let them know)

  • enc. = enclosure (when you include other papers with your letter)

  • pp = per procurationem (A Latin phrase meaning that you are signing the letter on somebody else's behalf; if they are not there to sign it themselves, etc)

  • ps = postscript (when you want to add something after you've finished and signed it)

  • pto (informal) = please turn over (to make sure that the other person knows the letter continues on the other side of the page)

  • RSVP = please reply