By Graham King
The entire consultant to abbreviations and acronyms.
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Used in cake decorations Antioxidants E300 L-ascorbic acid – used in fruit drinks and bread E307 synthetic alpha-tocopherol – used in baby foods E310 propyl gallate – chewing gum, vegetable oils E320 butylated hydroxytoluene – soup mixes, cheese spreads Preservatives E200 sorbic acid – soft drinks, yogurt, cheese slices E201 sodium sorbate E202 potassium sorbate E203 calcium sorbate – frozen pizzas, cakes, buns E210 benzoic acid E221 sodium sulphite E227 calcium bisulphite – dried fruit and vegetables, fruit juices, sausages, dairy desserts, cider, beer and wine E252 potassium nitrate – used for curing ham, bacon, corned beef, some cheese Emulsifiers and stabilisers E322 lecithins – chocolate and low fat spreads E400 alginic acid – icecream, soft cheese E407 carrageenan – milk shakes, jellies E410 carob gum – salad cream E412 guar gum – packet soups E413 gum tragacanth – salad dressing, cheese E414 gum arabic – confectionery E440 pectin – jams and preserves E465 ethylmethylcellulose – used in gateaux Others E420 sorbitol – diabetic jams and confectionery El70 calcium carbonate E260 acetic acid E290 carbon dioxide – carbonates fizzy drinks E330 citric acid E334 tartaric acid E338 orthophosphoric acid – flavourings Be warned that non-E numbers on packaging include potentially harmful agents: 507 (hydrochloric acid), 513 (sulphuric acid), 536 (potassium ferrocyanide), 925 (chlorine).
We think not, but if you disagree we will happily point you towards either Dr John Paxton’s Penguin Dictionary of Abbreviations or the exhaustive Oxford Dictionary of Abbreviations. The fact is, many abbreviations break into our lives and then, in time, pass out again, surviving only in erudite compilations such as the above. Will people, in a decade or two, know or care that TGIF means Thank God it’s Friday, or that DINK means double income, no kids, any more than we know or care today that phren means phrenology and OSw means Old Swedish?
DOD Department of Defense (US) DOE Department of the Environment DOM Deo Optimo Maximo: Latin for ‘God is best and greatest’, the motto of the Benedictine Order and seen on the labels of Benedictine liqueur; dirty old man DORA Defence of the Realm Act, enacted during World War 1 to enforce security restrictions dorm dormitory DOS disc (or disk) operating system, as in MS-DOS and PC-DOS doz dozen DP displaced person; data processing DPh Doctor of Philosophy DPM Deputy Prime Minister; Diploma of Psychological Medicine DPP Director of Public Prosecutions DPW Department of Public Works Dr doctor dr debit; debtor; drachm; drachma; drawn; drive D-RAM dynamic random access memory DSC Distinguished Service Cross DSc Doctor of Science DSM Distinguished Service Medal DSO Distinguished Service Order DSS Department of Social Security DST daylight saving time dstn destination DTI Department of Trade and Industry DTP desktop publishing DTs delirium tremens dub dubious dup duplicate Dur Durham DV Domestic Violence Division, Scotland Yard DVD digital video disc; DVD-Rom = recordable DVD DVLC Driver and Vehicle Licensing Centre, Swansea DVM Doctor of Veterinary Medicine d/w dust wrapper; also d/j = dust jacket (books) D/W deadweight DWD driving while disqualified DWI Dutch West Indies dwt pennyweight (one twentieth of an ounce) DX Telecom symbol for long distance; deep six (to ‘deep six’ something is to bury it, literally or figuratively) dyb Do Your Best (Scout’s motto).
Abbreviations (Collins Word Power) by Graham King