Acronyms are words which were created by taking the first letter (or several letters) of each word of a phrase.

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Once you've introduce an acronym / initialism should you always use it?

When writing a large document with technical terminology (in this example I'll use 'Content Management System') I would use the full term itself and alongside introduce the acronym / initialism: ...
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In publishing, what does the acronym “P/U” or “PU” mean?

I have come across this acronym in reference to a project I have been given to revise. Usually it is in a context such as "PU and modify."
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What is the spell-out form of ‘FUPA’ as an acronym for ‘a protruding lower belly’?

Tina Fey lists up 26 ‘deficiencies’ that women are buying a product to correct them, which starts with the first seven: -big pores -oily T-zone -cankles -lunchlady arms -fivehead, -nipples too ...
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YUMMY acronym used in recent press article [closed]

What does YUMMY stand for in this recent article? We tend to think of the classic "luxury consumer" as a wealthy woman—the buyers of Louis Vuitton bags, Tiffany necklaces and Prada dresses. But a ...
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Is an acronym a word?

There is a whiteboard near me with a "Word of the day". Today's word is "G.A.R.P." Does this count as a word? Is an acronym a word?
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“cu” for “see you”, “ic” for “I see” - what do you call those? [duplicate]

How do you call the sequences of letters that produce phrases when read letter by letter? Examples include "CU" for "see you", "IC" for "I see" and so on.
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how do I use a hyphen when defining an acronym in the middle of the term?

Example: "Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) level unemployment" I need a hyphen between "Area" and "level". Later in the document the term appears as "MSA-level". Should it be: "Metropolitan ...
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Is it possible to say “ASAP” instead of “as soon as possible” when we speak? [closed]

Or is it just an abbreviation that should be written just on paper? I heard Al Pacino say "asap" on the phone when he was talking with his friend. What about pm? Could we say p m instead of prime ...
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Is “off” also an acronym?

I found the term off used in the following way (technical document): ... a total of two (2 off) Single radio channels ... While the meaning seems pretty clear, I'd like to know what off stands ...
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Is mafia an acronym? [closed]

Is mafia a word of Italian origin or is it an English acronym? It seems that there are several theories, but it seems that there is no prevalent view.
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Is 'acronymise/ze' a word? Is it used only colloquially, if at all?

I just sent a text to a friend, who didn't understand an acronym I used for a game: "Ah, I said it in a previous text so thought it was ok to abbreviate it." Though, since it was an acronym I ...
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How do we pronounce the acronym CMYK?

How does one pronounce the acronym CMYK, in the color model sense. If there is more than one pronunciation, how popular is each of them?
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What is the correct abbreviation for the plural “Quantitative Trait Loci” — “QTL” or “QTLs”?

Strictly speaking, both the biological term Quantitative Trait Locus and its plural Quantitative Trait Loci can be abbreviated as QTL. However, one often reads the abbreviations QTL and QTLs. Is the ...
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What is the correct way to form a demonym from an acronym?

For instance, what is the equivalent of New Yorker when using the acronym (NY or N.Y. instead of New York)?
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acronym/initialism ending in an S [duplicate]

The initialism is 'MSS' (meaning Market Sector Specialist). At present our house style guide does not specify that there should be full stops between each letter. List of problems: Should I ...
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Placement of acronym vs words spelled out [duplicate]

I am confused whether to place the acronym before or after the words are spelled out. For example, the first time this organisation is mentioned, which of these alternatives is more correct: The ...
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“An SATA device”? Weird article choice in suggested edit

This question references a suggested edit I rejected on Super User. The edit suggested that the a in There's no way you're plugging any of those directly into a SATA interface. be changed to ...
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What is the correct way to define an acronym when its first appearance is plural? [closed]

The question and answers posed in What is the correct way to pluralize an acronym? deals very nicely with acronym (and possibly initialism) usage. What about the case when you are defining the ...
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Is there an equivalent for French “CQFD”

In French, when concluding a demonstration, we say "CQFD", which stands for "Ce Qu'il Fallait Démontrer". Do English has an equivalent for this ?
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Is the second period necessary after an abbreviation?

Which one of the following is correct? only in the continental U.S.A. For all other countries... only in the continental U.S.A.. For all other countries... I am not sure if I need two periods ...
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what is the plural of “GPS” [duplicate]

Do I have several GPSs, or several GPSes, or something completely different? What is the rule to remember (will be useful later when I can have a GPS2, a GPST and maybe a GPSX too).
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Acronyms becoming a language construct [closed]

Are there any other accronyms which became a language construct like "OK"?
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How to add clarity to an acronym that is already a word

Where I'm working we have an acronym spelled "was" and I'm wondering is there a way to clearly distinguish it from the verb? According to here "acronyms...usually do not require periods" so is this a ...
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Is there a Latin, or English, phrase or acronym for “in summary”?

Is there something similar to TLDR that can be used in professional emails and messages?
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Can the acronym “R.N.A.” be used at the end of an e-mail? [closed]

There was the following statement in New York Time’s (June 1) article titled, “Sabbath Gasbags, Speak up.” - http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/02/opinion/sunday/sabbath-gasbags-speak-up.html?hp “My ...
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Proper to add tense to acronyms, abbreviations and initialisms

What is the correct way to pluralize an acronym? asked about pluralising acronyms, abbreviations and initialisms, but is there a standard way to add verb endings e.g. -ing and -ed (what are these ...
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Do you put an 's' at the end of acronym? [duplicate]

For example, is it FAQs or just FAQ? I guess it's either: Frequently Asked Questions or "Frequently Asked Question"s
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Should you use en dashes in acronyms?

For terms like liquid chromatography–mass spectrometry that typically use an en dash rather than a hyphen, would an en dash still be used in the acronym, LC–MS? Or would we only need a hyphen there, ...
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Pluralizing a plural acronym [duplicate]

We use the acronym "CERT" to represent "Critical Error Reduction Techniques" quite frequently, but when we use CERT in a sentence should it be CERT or CERTs? For example, "Using CERT to Prevent ...
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How should one punctuate the phrase “simply to understand devote yourself”?

I found an acronym for the word STUDY online. However, the punctuation looks amiss. It reads Simply — to understand, devote yourself! But I think the dash makes no sense here. Am I right? ...
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Is an “acronoun” a real concept?

In discussing pronunciation of difference kinds of acronyms and initialisms, I recalled the term "acronoun." However, I can't find any reference to this term on the Wikipedia Acronym page, nor in ...
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Can an acronym be pronounced as a construction of letters and words?

I've found this question Pronouncing acronyms in which people discuss how to pronounce acronyms, and they can be pronounced either as single letters or as a single word. However I would like to know ...
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“Low self-esteem” in one word [closed]

I need an acronym for "low self-esteem", one word is a must, and preferrably archaic.
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What is the correct definition and usage of the acronym “ETA”? [closed]

Does "ETA" stand for "Estimated Time to Arrival" or "Estimated Time of Arrival"? I most commonly hear phrases like "ETA 20 minutes", but I've also heard "ETA 4:30 PM". Is one usage correct and the ...
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Using “the” with name of research center

The name of our research center is Southeastern Transportation Center, STC is the acronym, of course. In writing, I use STC, not 'the STC' but our director says 'the' is needed so that it reads well. ...
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Double acronym: acronyms that stand for two things simultaneously

I am looking for a term that describes an acronym that has two possible expansions, but both expansions refer to the same thing. The term "double acronym" doesn't appear to be widely used and is ...
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LEDs and the correct pronunciation

The LED is quickly becoming a standard light source alternative to incandescent lights, when speaking to others, I have always pronounced any reference to LED as the acronym "L E D", but increasingly ...
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Pronunciation of OS X versions [closed]

I don't feel like this belongs on SU, so I put it here. I know that "OS X" is pronounced "oh-ess ten," but how should the common construction "OS X 10.9" be pronounced? The primary possibility I can ...
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Proper Timezone Acronym Usage - PT vs PDT or PST

What is the difference with using PT (Pacific Time) vs PDT (Pacific Daylight Time) or PST (Pacific Standard Time)? When you write the time, 2:00pm PT, would that be considered incorrect because it is ...
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Why are all acronyms accented on the last syllable?

When saying acronyms out loud, almost always the last syllable is accented (no matter how long the acronym is): US*A*, U*N*, RSV*P*, etc. Accenting any syllable but the last makes you sound silly ...
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Does pronouncing an initialism make it an acronym?

An acronym is: An abbreviation formed by (usually initial) letters taken from a word or series of words, that is itself pronounced as a word, such as RAM, radar, or scuba; sometimes contrasted ...
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Defining an acronym when using the plural of the term? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the correct way to pluralize an acronym? I am defining an acronym which will be substituted for some unwieldy term in a document. One thing Gary has talked ...
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Hip Hip Hooray!

I am looking for the etymology and history of the cheer “Hip Hip Hooray”. I’m curious due to its interesting entry in Wikipedia, which reads thusly: The call was recorded in England in the ...
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How to pronounce acronyms with apostrophes?

Simple question: How do you pronounce acronyms when they're used with apostrophe to express possession? For example: In the NIH's high-risk, high-reward programmes, “if an idea isn't developing ...
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Correct capitalisation of 'jargon' words used as acronyms

In a technical role at work we use many three letter acronyms to describe 'things' that we work with or processes that we follow. When writing these up, I'm unclear if capitals should be used or not. ...
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Is the acronym PIGS (or PIIGS) offensive?

To my Spanish ears, the acronym PIGS (for Portugal, Italy, Greece and Spain) or PIIGS (for Portugal, Italy, Ireland, Greece and Spain) sounds offensive. The Spanish equivalent “cerdo” is a strong word ...
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Does an initialism count as one word? How about a hyphenated word?

I was playing a game over the weekend where you're allowed to give a one-word clue. Someone said "RNA" and a disagreement followed as to whether or not it's a single word. At the time, we ...
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Does the long form of an abbreviation go in quotes?

I am trying to use and introduce an abbreviation in a sentence. Example: I worked with technologies such as Syntactically Awesome Stylesheets (Sass) while working on my project. Does the ...
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Plurals of acronyms, letters, numbers — use an apostrophe or not?

When I was in high school back in the 1970s, I was taught that to make a plural of an acronym, a letter, or a number, one should add an apostrophe and "s". Like I would have written this sentence, ...
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Pluralization of acronyms ending in 'S'

What is the proper way to pluralize acronyms ending in the letter 'S'? The particular acronym under study in this case is T.A.R.D.I.S. The various forms I believe are correct are: TARDISes ...