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Bachelor of Sacred Literature.
Bachelor of Science in Law.
Bachelor of Science in Linguistics.
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bills of lading.
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What does B.S.L. mean?

BSL is an abbreviation for several terms, such as Bachelor of Sacred Literature, Bachelor of Science in Law, Bachelor of Science in Linguistics, and British Sign Language.

Abbreviations can be used in both speech and writing, and you may find BSL in both. In more formal writing, it is common to use the spelled-out form first and use the abbreviation afterwards, ensuring the reader knows what the abbreviation means.

BSL can also be spelled as B.S.L. Whether the periods are included may depend on the writing style followed.

Example: The biggest difference between BSL and ASL is the way the letters of the alphabet are signed.

Where does BSL come from?

The first records of the abbreviation BSL for British Sign Language come from around the 1970s.

Many times, whether an abbreviation is in capital or lowercase letters will change what the abbreviation stands for. When an abbreviation is in all capital letters (called an initialism), each letter represents an entire word or sometimes an important part of the word, and often it’s the first letter in the word, as with BSL. The similarly spelled Bs/L (note the lowercase s) is an abbreviation for bills of lading. The s indicates there is more than one bill of lading. If there is only one, the abbreviation would be B/L. A bill of lading is a receipt or agreement from a shipment company confirming that it accepted goods for shipping, such as with trucking companies.

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What are some other forms related to BSL?

  • B.S.L. (alternative spelling)

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How is BSL used in real life?

BSL is likely to be used in academic writing when referring to an academic degree.


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Which of the following is NOT a full form of the abbreviation BSL?

A. British Sign Language
B. Bachelor of Science in Law
C. Bachelor of Sacred Literature
D. Bachelor’s Sailing License

How to use B.S.L. in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for B.S.L. (1 of 3)


abbreviation for
below sea level

British Dictionary definitions for B.S.L. (2 of 3)


abbreviation for
British Sign Language

British Dictionary definitions for B.S.L. (3 of 3)


abbreviation for
bills of lading
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