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An acronym is a word or name formed from the initial components of a longer name or phrase, usually using individual initial letters, as in NATO or EU, but sometimes using syllables, as in Benelux, or a mixture of the two, as in radar.

Acronym Memory System

Acronyms are simply abbreviations created from the first letter of each word in a phrase or series of words. The word ATM, for example, is an acronym that stands for automated teller machine.

Acronyms are similar to abbreviations, in that they are a shorthand way of expressing an idea. Acronyms are typically formed by using the first letter of each word in a phrase to form a new word. For example, the phrase "you only live once" is often shortened to YOLO. Acronyms are usually spelled with capital letters and pronounced as a new word.

"Acronym" is a blanket term that can also encompass initialisms. An initialism is also a phrase indicated by abbreviating the first letter of each word in it, but it is unpronounceable as a unique word. Instead, initialisms are pronounced by saying each letter of the word individually. For example, the Federal Bureau of Investigation is shortened to FBI, but this is always pronounced by saying each letter separately.

"Abbreviations" are abbreviated (or shortened) forms of words and phrases. For example, "Mister" becomes "Mr." In writing, abbreviations are generally considered informal. Of course, you will see them in academic texts (as long as you adhere to rule number one), but, by and large, abbreviations are considered an informal form of writing.

Abbreviations allow us to shorten complex words and phrases and be more concise in our writing. The rules for abbreviations are rather complex and can vary. Below, you'll find some of the most important rules and guidelines for using abbreviations in your writing.

Acronym In Chat

The world of email, texting, and instant messaging has given rise to a whole series of acronyms and initialisms that allow texters to complete their messages more quickly. Nearly all are initialisms because they are pronounced letter by letter. Occasionally some are pronounced as words in conversation, though this is uncommon.

  • FISH - First In, Still Here

  • KISS - Keep It Simple, Stupid

  • LOL - Laughing Out Loud

  • PANS - Pretty Awesome New Stuff

  • PHAT - Pretty, Hot, And Tempting

  • YOLO - You Only Live Once

Acronym In Military & Government

Understanding what is being said in a government or official setting can be difficult. Here are some common acronyms used in government and military settings.

  • ASAP - As Soon As Possible

  • AWOL - Absent Without Leave

  • FUBAR - F***ed Up Beyond All Recognition

  • OSHA - Occupational Safety and Health Administration

  • NAFTA - North American Free Trade Agreement

  • NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration

  • Navy SEALs - Navy Sea Air Land forces

  • POTUS - President of the United States

  • SCOTUS - Supreme Court of the United States

  • SWAT - Special Weapons And Tactics

Common Informative Acronym

Acronyms are a useful way to convey essential information quickly, but only if you know what they mean. Informative acronyms are commonly used in the medical field but have also crossed over from industries into daily life. Pronounced acronyms are in bold; the rest are initialisms in which each letter is pronounced separately

  • ABS - Anti-lock Braking System

  • AIDS - Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome

  • DARE - Drug Abuse Resistance Education

  • DOB - Date Of Birth

  • FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

  • GIF - Graphics Interchange Format

  • HIV - Human Immunodeficiency Virus

  • RADAR - Radio Detection And Ranging

  • SONAR - Sound Navigation And Ranging

  • SUV - Sports Utility Vehicle

Acronym In Business

Acronyms are often used in the business world to identify a business or to create shorthand communication between co-workers.

  • ADP - Automated Data Processing

  • CAPTCHA - Completely Automated Public Turing Test to tell Computers and Humans Apart

  • CST - Central Standard Time

  • DAEMON - Disk And Execution Monitor

  • HR - Human Resources

  • MBA - Masters of Business Administration

  • NASDAQ - National Association of Securities Dealers Automated Quotation

  • SWOT - Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats

  • SMART Goals - Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Time-bound Goals

  • TED - Tell me, Explain to me, Describe to me

Acronym As Identifiers

Some acronyms identify an organization or person by shortening a long name into a pronounced acronym (bold) or into an initialism. Explore these common identifiers for organizations and dating.

  • BBW - Big Beautiful Woman

  • ESPN – Entertainment and Sports Programming Network

  • FLAG – Foreign Language Association of Georgia

  • LDR - Long Distance Relationship

  • MADD – Mothers Against Drunk Driving

  • MLA – Modern Language Association

  • NFL – National Football League

  • NHL – National Hockey League

  • PAWS – Progressive Animal Welfare Society

  • VBD - Very Bad Date

  • WWE – World Wrestling Entertainment

  • ZIP code - Zone Improvement Plan code

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