Many advertisers use abbreviations in their classified advertisements in newspapers for one purpose - to save money.
The less space they use, the cheaper will be the advertisement.
The following list of abbreviations, and their variations, can be found in the Positions Vacant columns of most newspapers.
What do you think they might mean?
prev. exp. pref.
approx 20hrs p.w.
Iux. off. & conds
bldg. cnr. Smith & Brown Sts
techncl. exp. nec.
ph. for appt.
char. refs. nec.
bus. hrs., B/H
asst. for P.R. Co.
a.h. work inv.
clercl. off. duties
cap. person reqd.
POSITION VACANT Capable person reqd for perm posn in accounts dept. Prev exp in similar posn pref. Good s'hand essent and some typ exp reqd. We offer immed start in our lux off with excel conds. Sal neg to $8500. Ph 535 7669 ext 852 for appt during bus hrs. Refs nec.Sounds a bit like double dutch, but in English it reads . . .
"Capable person required for permanent position in accounts department. Previous experience in similar position preferred. Good shorthand is essential and some typing experience required. We offer immediate start in our luxury office with excellent conditions. Salary negotiable (means - can be arranged) to $8500. Telephone 535 7669 extension 852 for appointment during business hours. References will be necessary.
Can you understand what these classified advertisements are really saying?
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