Acronym Memory System
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
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