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Seems to be a few games/concepts/mechanics that boardgamegeeks commmonly abbreviate. They usually make me stop and think for a bit. Please add any that you think are common usage, not ones that only your group use.
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1. Board Game: Puerto Rico [Average Rating:8.06 Overall Rank:15]
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PR. Easy enough and I use it often enough myself that I don't give it a second thought.
 
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2. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:279] [Average Rating:7.23 Unranked]
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SoC. If you don't know what that one stands for, welcome to the site! I think I'm going to start refering to SoC as '13' just to be different; "yeah, I would have cleaned up on 13, but Jim broke up my longest road."
 
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3. Board Game: Princes of the Renaissance [Average Rating:7.45 Overall Rank:585]
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PotR. Haven't played this one so it always trips me up.
 
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4. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:139] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
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CCxx. I think this is more common on BSW. CC is for Carcassonne, the xx is for whatever expansion/version. Perhaps someone more versed could fill in the details on the xx.
 
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5. Board Game: The Princes of Florence [Average Rating:7.57 Overall Rank:116]
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PoF. Another one that slows me down a bit.
 
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6. Board Game: Age of Steam [Average Rating:7.69 Overall Rank:114]
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AoS. Has been a tricky one for me.
 
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7. Board Game: Star Fleet Battles [Average Rating:6.81 Overall Rank:1668]
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SFB
 
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8. Board Game: Civilization [Average Rating:7.52 Overall Rank:225] [Average Rating:7.52 Unranked]
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CIV

Don't forget this one.
 
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9. Board Game: Advanced Civilization [Average Rating:8.02 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.02 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.02 Unranked]
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AdCiv

Can't have one without the other.
 
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10. Board Game: Ticket to Ride [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:125] [Average Rating:7.46 Unranked]
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I'll add a couple Days of Wonder (DoW) games that are new and thus have abbreviations that have still not solidifies.

Ticket to Ride:

TtR or T2R?
 
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11. Board Game: Tigris & Euphrates [Average Rating:7.71 Overall Rank:70]
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E&T
 
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12. Board Game: Memoir '44 [Average Rating:7.54 Overall Rank:117] [Average Rating:7.54 Unranked]
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M44 or M'44?
 
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13. Board Game: Hammer of the Scots [Average Rating:7.56 Overall Rank:300]
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My favorite abbreviation:

HotS
 
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14. Board Game: Magic Realm [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:930]
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MR
 
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15. Board Game: Wings of War: Watch Your Back! [Average Rating:6.98 Overall Rank:1080] [Average Rating:6.98 Unranked]
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At first, this game line was called World War Wings: WWW. Then we preferred Wings of War (a suggestion of airplane historian Gregory Alegi), also because in short it became WoW.
Besides, during WWII we had a funny biplane, the Fiat Cr 42 (quite appreciated by Belgians):
http://airwar.hihome.com/gwp/fiat-cr32-42/gwp-cr42-colour3d....
Look it from the front... The W struts between the wings and the o fiselage... Can't you see a WoW logo made out of it? Maybe some day, if some graphician wants to work on it...
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16. Board Game: War of the Ring [Average Rating:6.57 Overall Rank:2368]
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WotR

Quite close to lotR, but with more emphasis on the conflict...

I wonder if this abbreviation will be inherited by the new and totally different game with the same title:
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/game/9609
 
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17. Board Game: Rise of the Luftwaffe [Average Rating:7.08 Overall Rank:2167] [Average Rating:7.08 Unranked]
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DiF for the collection, RotL for this first title...

Actually, I have seen many air simulation abbreviated by their fan, as AoA for Ace of Aces, AF for Air Force (but would you tell it, out of contest?), KotA for Knights of the Air and so on. With a very careful use of capital letters.
 
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18. Board Game: Busen Memo [Average Rating:4.81 Overall Rank:15126]
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BoOBs
 
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19. Board Game: Magic: The Gathering [Average Rating:7.45 Overall Rank:156] [Average Rating:7.45 Unranked]
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M:TG
 
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20. Board Game: 1829 [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:3667]
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18xx, referencing a whole series of games.
 
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21. Board Game: Union Pacific [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:468]
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UP, both as a rail line and as a game.
 
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22. Board Game: Mississippi Queen [Average Rating:6.37 Overall Rank:1586]
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I see this referenced as MQ here and there.
 
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23. Board Game: I'm the Boss! [Average Rating:6.82 Overall Rank:934]
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Though a bit pejorative, I have seen this one shortened to KKK in more than one place.
 
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24. Board Game: Through the Desert [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:435]
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DdW or TtD, depending on which language is referenced.
 
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25. Board Game: Pacific Victory [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:2772]
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I've seen this commonly abbreviated PV
 
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