Attention of - abbreviation

Discussion in 'English Only' started by chejo, Nov 22, 2005.

  1. chejo

    chejo Senior Member

    Spanish (Spain)
    could somebody tell me which is the abbreviation of "for the attention of Mr.", for writting this in a post envelope.

    Thank you in advance.
  2. Ratona Senior Member

    UK - Eng
    some people write
  3. irisheyes0583 Senior Member

    San José, Costa Rica
    English (USA)
    I'd just put Attn: Mr. _____
  4. chejo

    chejo Senior Member

    Spanish (Spain)
    I think I will use "Attn.", more similar to what I am used to see in Spain ("Att." even if I did not found it in the Spanish dictionary:))

    Thank you very much.
  5. IloveAlaysia

    IloveAlaysia Junior Member

    United States
    English, USA
    ATTN. MR. is what I would write or FTAO
  6. GenJen54

    GenJen54 Senior Member

    Downright Pleasant, USA
    USA - English
    Before noting IloveAlaysia's post above, I presumed FTAO to be of BE usage. I've never seen it before, and have been happily and successfully communicating in a corporate environment for more than fifteen years.

    I'm not saying it's incorrect at all, just I've never seen it.

    I have seen quite commonly the use of "Attn:"

    For example:

    Smith Systems, Inc.
    Attn: Mr. John Smith
    213 Main Street
    Anytown, Anywhere 09876

    Smith Systems, Inc.
    Attn: Purchasing Department
  7. Chabada Senior Member

    France (French)
    I have seen FAO in telexes (a looooooooong time ago, during the former century!!) or faxes, i.e., in documents where the style is not as formal as in proper letters.
  8. panjandrum

    panjandrum PongoMod

    Belfast, Ireland
    English-Ireland (top end)
    Adding a frivolous note, I fear, but every time I see something labelled:
    FAO Mr Blenkinsopp
    I intepret FAO as F@#% away off Mr Blenkinsopp.
    It tends to diminish my respect for the Blenkinsopps of this world:eek:

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