Acronyms are becoming the norm worldwide given the fast-paced, information-packed lifestyle that is developing globally and heavily influenced by online and mobile communication. Internationally renowned for its highly efficient workforce, Singapore and its people have embraced abbreviated language, and sprinkle their daily conversation with short-version vocabulary and acronyms to refer to unique Singaporean institutions and systems.
Get acquainted with the Singaporean lingo if you want to be part of it!
ERP: Electronic Road Pricing: Refers to the fee that people must pay when they drive into the central area of Singapore during peak hours. Taxi drivers often refer to this when entering the central business district.
HDB: Housing Development Board: Refers to the Singapore Housing Authority, in charge of building public housing that is affordable and of good quality. Also refers to the flats or the buildings themselves which are famous for being clean, well-maintained and often colorful.
MRT: Mass Rapid Transit: Refers to the comprehensive railway network spanning the entire city-state, the backbone of the public transport system in Singapore.