If U.N. is the acronym of United Nations, then United Nations is the what of U.N.? Is there an opposite of acronym?
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I say "an" because U.N. can represent things other than "United Nations."
I think more commonly we would say
Merriam-Webster defines acronym as "a word formed from the initial letter or letters of each of the successive parts or major parts of a compound term (as anzac, radar, snafu)."
Strictly speaking, U.N. is an initialism:
So what the opposite of an initialism is depends on what it was formed from in the first place.
Since U.N. was formed from a name, saying "United Nations is the full name of the U.N." is probably the proper thing to do.
The definition for backronym in the Oxford US Dictionary online sheds some light on the antonym for acronym:
Notice that it is "a fanciful expansion". This seems to indicate that the antonym for acronym is expansion, based on backronym's definition in the Oxford US Dictionary online as a fanciful antonym of acronym.
protected by tchrist Aug 13 '14 at 14:39
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