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

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Using a proper noun (specifically an acronym) as an adjective

Is it colloquial to use a proper noun as an adjective if there isn't a corresponding proper adjective? Going further, is using an acronym/initialism as an adjective okay/formal? I'm trying to prove ...
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Pronunciation of K.I.S.S

How would a native speaker of (American) English, especially one working in software development, pronounce the word “K.I.S.S.” (referring to the K.I.S.S. principle) ? I guess pronouncing it either ...
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Is “FOIL”, used as a verb, understandable outside New York State?

FOIA = Freedom of Information Act (federal U.S. law) FOIL = Freedom of Information Law (New York State) From this, I have frequently heard and read FOIL used as a verb, by journalists and ...
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Acronym within an acronym, academic writing

I'm preparing a manuscript for publication in a medical journal about Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). I understand that I have to define the acronym IBD once, when first used in the text ...
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Is the term PoWs (POWs) inconsistent with typical acronym pluralization?

Prompted by recent remembrance day celebrations, it seems to me that the term PoWs is inconsistent with pluralization conventions. Runs Batted In --> RBI Prisoners of War--> PoW (shouldn't ...
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Is there “BFU” acronym meaning 'Stupid Average User' (expressively) in English IT slang?

Have you ever encountered given initialism denoting 'Brain-Free User', as opposed to 'power user / geek / nerd / IT professional'? If so, do you consider its usage 'widespread', at least in your ...
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Do you need to use article when using acronym

Do you need an article in a phrase "He moved to US five years ago"? Should it be "He moved to the US five years ago", since "US" is an acronym for something that should be always used with an article, ...
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What's the correct pronunciation of BIOS (Basic Input/Output System)?

What's the correct pronunciation of BIOS (Basic Input/Output System)? [ˈbaɪɒs], like in growth-promoting substance present in yeast or ['bɪɒs], thus respecting the meaning of the acronym - [input], ...
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How to pronounce “CEEAUS”, “ICNALE”, etc.?

Are there rules for pronunciation of acronyms? There seems that acronyms are pronounced differently, for example, TESOL /ti-soul/, UCL /yu-ci-el/. Could I generalize a rule based on my limited ...
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How should NA be written? [closed]

To my understanding it's an acronym for "Not Applicable", but I've noticed it written the following ways: na NA n/a ~na~ Is there a standard? What do different style guides say? ...
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After introducing an acronym, how faithfully must I stick to its use?

My average scientific paper contains about a dozen of acronyms. Some of them are really helpful: for example, it much more pleasant to write fMRI instead of functional magnetic resonance imaging. ...
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Was the abbreviation “PC” for “Personal computer” in wide use before the IBM PC?

I am aware of the history of the term PC after the IBM PC, and I'm aware that the term Personal Computer has existed long before the IBM PC. However, what I don't know is if the abbreviation "PC" for ...
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When the first word of an initialism is the same as the initialism [duplicate]

Is there a word for an acronym whose first word is identical to the acronym? There are real-world examples. However, none come to mind so I will fabricate one here. Face Acuity ...
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What is the difference between FYI and JFYI?

What is the difference between these two acronims: FYI and JFYI. Can I interpret JFYI as "Only for your information", or should it be "Simply for your information"?
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Is the word “acronym”, in fact, clearly defined? [duplicate]

I was about to ask the following question: “Is 'CIA' an acronym, or is only 'laser' an acronym?” Now, in another question, I've been asking about the earliest use of words which started as ...
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Should acronyms that are actually hidden plurals be treated as plural?

The term Generally Accepted Accounting Principles is abbreviated as GAAP. (Actually, I don't know if it is an initialism and each letter is spoken, or whether it is pronounced as gap, sorry.) Now, I ...
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When did initial-origin words (PRONOUNCED AS WORDS) start happening?

Someone was just asking if there were words like lol formed, before, the txtmsg era. Of course there were - for example "laser". However .. in fact what was the earliest example of this in English? ...
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Does English contain any “abbreviated” words as a core part of its corpus? [closed]

In other words, are any of the core words in English from the pre-digital era a derivation of other words, abbreviated? Online I find myself using "wrt" a lot, short for "with respect to". But "wrt" ...
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Acronym Possessive format [duplicate]

I am trying to write the possessive form of an acronym, i.e. I am conducting four workshops to enhance PMP's knowledge and skills. Would it be PMPs, PMP's, or PMPs'
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About TSC acronym pronunciation [closed]

How would you pronounce TSC acronym ? tē ĕs sē ? or most probably people would use a word like pronunciation Tis´ic ? :-(
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Acronyms in formal writing [closed]

I'm writing a formal essay, in which I use the acronym "US" a lot. Is this acceptable or should I write "United States" instead?
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How to read “BSON”?

BSON is a particular data format used in web development, derived from the JSON format. JSON is pronounced "jay-son" as the Greek hero, and given the tendendcy the scientific community has to have ...
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What does “GQ” mean in this scholarly context? [closed]

I searched the acronym but it apparently stands for all sorts of phrases. Here's the context: Imāmīs also claim that the Sunnīs omitted or suppressed Sūrat al-Nūrayn, “The Two Lights”; cf. Ar. ...
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How and why did “AM”/"PM” come into play, as opposed to “a.m.”/“p.m.”?

From several sources, including english.stackexchange.com, one should write 3 p.m. instead of 3 PM. How did the all-capitals variant appear, and especially why? Is it because with typewriters and in ...
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How do you pronounce ACoA? [closed]

How should I pronounce ACoA - the acronym standing for Adult Children of Alcoholics?
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Articles, prepositions, and conjunctions in acronyms

"Federal Bureau of Investigation" becomes FBI, instead of FBOI. Meanwhile, "Theory of Mind" becomes ToM or TOM, instead of TM. Is there any rule regarding inclusion of articles, conjunctions, and ...
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What does CAQ stand for, in relation to cosmetics?

I recently received a mascara product from Korea. On the top of the product it says "CAQ 20150209". I did check out the acronymfinder, but most of them have nothing to do with cosmetics. I guess it ...
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Why isn't USA an attributive adjective, (but US is)?

When referring to the country, both US and USA (among other forms), are acceptable. But when used as an adjective, USA sounds wrong. US Army, but not USA Army. Even in the expanded form (for ...
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A word for an acronym that doesn't stand for anything

Some brands or product names take the form of an acronym, but the letters don't actually stand for anything. An example would be Windows XP--the "XP" was chosen for its sound and connotations rather ...
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What's the proper expanded form of RGB and HSL?

I know they mean "Red Green Blue" and "Hue Saturation Lightness", but the Wikipedia articles on each refer to them as "red, green, blue", and "hue-saturation-lightness". Which way, if either, is ...
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what abreviation rule or rules does the term “UX” follow?

I am intrigued by the use of the letter "x" in the abbreviation of the term "User Experience" does this follow any specific language or phonetic rules?
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Of Yuppies and Yippies and Hippies

While innocently passing by on my way to Big Rep City, I happened to overhear (alright! I was dropping eaves) a dialogue in some podunk Commentary Cafe wherein two fellow ELU consumers were debating ...
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What is the correct term in English prose for HTML page or html page?

I've seen prose referring to HTML pages and html pages. What is the correct English written description (assuming in modern English - in a written technical book) for an html page? Open the HTML ...
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Can initialisms be forced into acronyms? [duplicate]

There are some initialisms out there that are unpronouncable as words in any correct English sense (I found one today of SQRL). However the inventor of such terms force a word onto them, in this case: ...
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Use of 'the’ in front of acronyms

I tend to not use the word ‘the’ in front of acronyms, but I see this used in documents more and more. REIP provides regional outreach services to Northeastern Ontario. or The REIP ...
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What is the difference between Backronym and Acronym?

Are Backronym and Acronym same? I don't understand the difference between these two terms.
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What is the pronunciation of “ttiwdty”?

ttiwdty Not an initialism AFAIK (as far as I know) but an acronym like LASER and NATO. It's apparently trending on Urban Dictionary, although the down-votes outnumber the up-votes. It stands for The ...
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Is IOU an abbreviation, an acronym, or an initialism?

IOU stands for I owe you and we pronounce each letter separately. But how do we classify that construction"? abbreviation: a shortened form of a word or phrase acronym: an abbreviation formed from ...
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What does “O.G.” stand for?

Currently reading "Slang for the ages. It's swag. bae," by Kory Stamper from International New York Times (October 6, 2014), I came across this acronym O.G. "It[swag]'s generally taken to be a ...
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How to say the plural of IP? [duplicate]

Can someone assist me with this doubt? In many sites I have seen it written as "IP's" and in other as "IPs". What is the correct form to refer for the plural of IP?
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Proper Acronym Usage With Multiple Plurals

Given that MOTU -> Master of the Universe - One master of one universe . Would the following be correct? And if not, what would be correct, and how would I answer the plural-plural problem at ...
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Question of Initialisms vs Acronyms [duplicate]

Today I was driving by a UPS truck, which for those unfamiliar is a delivery truck used by a shipping company. By standard definition UPS could be seen as an acronym as you can pronounce it "ups" ...
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Can “sitcom” be considered an “acronym”? A Syllabic Acronym? Or a Hybrid Acronym?

ACRONYM - An abbreviation formed from the initial letters of other words and pronounced as a word http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/acronym Much has been written about acronyms ...
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When to spell out or when the acronym itself is sufficient

When using an acronym for the first time, it must be spelled out. That's a given. However, if there is a "Definition" section where ALL acronyms that are going to be used in the document are defined ...
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What could we call a “market for predicting decisions”?

I've always called these "decision markets", and will do so here to simplify the language in this discussion. But that term is overused to the point of being confusing, and I'm curious if anyone can ...
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Possessive apostrophe at end of an acronym that ends in S

The school where I work has an S when it is an acronym (NEGS) it looks odd with an apostrophe to show ownership e.g. NEGS' tennis team...any thoughts?
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How to define an acronym? using capital or small letters?

Consider the following sentence: "Those elements are called Super Elements (SE)". It is ok to write like that ? Or should I write: "Those elements are called super elements (SE)". or would it be ...
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Acronym for ACRONYM describing acronyms as being numerous and/or overwhelming? [closed]

I'm interning in a large organisation, and acronyms are everywhere. On my first day, I felt overwhelmed by them and now that I'm coming to the end of the internship, I want to come up with an acronym ...
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SCUBA upper or lower case? [duplicate]

In a university project which I am writing I have been reprimanded at least 10 times for using the word scuba in lower case. i.e. Scuba tank, Scuba diving etc. Is this permissible and can I tell my ...
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Correct spelling for BOD and DO

What is the correct way to spell "biochemical oxygen demand" and "dissolved oxygen" in the middle of a sentence? Should the initial letters be capitalized?