What does ofc mean? This question was at the fore front when I was making a presentation in a corporate environment. During the course of our communication we used three acronyms – JPR, MSG and USI – and one of them slipped my mind slightly as it did for many of the others. I found out later that the meaning of all three acronyms is ‘iences’ or ‘inclusions’.
I then discovered that what does ofc really stand for is ‘enessentials’, which is what the acronym stands for in informal speech what does ofc mean. I tried to explain this concept to the boss, but he just laughed, claiming that I was confusing jargon with what everyone else in his team was using. The implication being that USI meant the same thing, and that it was not necessary to use each in our conversations. In fact it would not have mattered much, as the meaning of all three had been established well before I joined the team. But his comment made me think about the difference between what does ofc really means, and what people are actually using it to mean. I realised that I should probably teach people about these three acronyms during our training sessions.
Of course, there are many people who already know what does ofc mean, but are unaware of its full form. In informal speech, it is often used to indicate a period of silence following an announcement, or to indicate that something is missing from a conversation. For example, if someone has said that there will be a light reception at 2pm, then the term of silence could be considered what does ofc full form.
During informal conversations, many people will still use what does ofc stand for, even if they know what it means. For example, someone asking how things are going at work will sometimes reply ‘I am fine’. This is not a message that uses the word ofc as a direct quotation, but it is a reference to the company’s performance. It is used to give a more polite version of the answer, which could be ‘we are doing OK’. It is a form of indirect speech, and the reference is still made to the company.
It is not only in informal speech that we see the use of the word ofc. When making a casual conversational statement, it can be difficult to know where to leave out the ofc. One person might refer to the company without the word ofc at the end, and another might completely leave it out how many ounces in a pint. Another option would be to replace the word ofc with another short or long sleeved phrase. Some of the most common examples of this are: ‘I am thinking of doing something’ or ‘I have a few ideas’.
There are many other ways to use of the abbreviations ofct, but I will leave those for other articles. It may be useful to search Google and write down some examples of the use of ctfu to find other uses ofct that you might not have thought of. Or, ask someone who is familiar with the acronyms to help you out. Remember that an acronym is just a shortened form of a longer word, and in many cases can be replaced by a different word without changing the meaning.