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

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Usage of YMMV: Can I use it in day-to-day conversation?

I found the word YMMV in an answer to my question "How important to write down mission statement in learning English? Do I have to?", which I posted on January 6. As YMMV is a quite strange word to ...
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Tools that help with acronyms and jargon in software requirement documents

Are there any tools that would help with comprehension of technical documents that contain a mix of domain specific and company specific acronyms and jargon? A tool that is functionally similar to ...
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Supposed acronym expansions for common words

I have seen expansions of many English words such as POLICE, MUSIC, GOD, LASER, where each letter supposedly stands for another word, as in an acronym. Are these expansions in any way real, that is, ...
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When does an acronym lose its capitalization, e.g. RaDAR 'radar'?

The reason that I ask is because this is happening to LiDAR, and I am inclined to use lidar because it is easier to read.
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What's the meaning of 'TRWTF '?

TRWTF is they were running as root, at a nuclear sciences research facility! TRWTF is that the World Cup was in South Africa. What's the detailed meaning of the above sentences? How many ...
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What does CT stand for in the context of a news article?

Does CT mean anything in an editorial context? A slashdot article summary is as follows: For some time now, rumors have been floating around that Sony was working on a concept for a mobile phone ...
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“An” or “A” with acronyms which sound like they start with a vowel? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Do you use “a” or “an” before acronyms? Should you use "a"n or "a" with acronyms which sound like they start with a vowel when read literally? ...
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What is the commonly accepted pronunciation of FAQ?

I hear FAQ(s) pronounced like a word in "FACK(s)", while I go letter by letter. In usage, what is more common? (Similar to SQL vs Sequel)
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Difference between an acronym and abbreviation?

TLA is an acronym for "Three Letter Acronym". Is it also an abbreviation, since it abbreviates the original phrase?
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Do “normal people” know the terms URL and GUI?

Would an English-speaking but non-technical audience be familiar with the terms URL (in the sense of link, web address) and GUI (Graphical User Interface), for example in a manual aimed at end users? ...
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Is the meaning of the acronym “FAQ” generally understood?

When people see the acronym FAQ, I wonder if they really know what it stands for or whether they just understand the concept. Is this true for most native English speakers?
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Are the acronyms FYI, BTW, LOL, WTF now considered “normal” words?

Are these "words" moving out of the elitist slang stage and into popular usage? It is hard for me to tell, because in the techie culture I work in they are ubiquitous. However, I've tried them out ...
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Past participle of a verb created from an acronym

Standard GPL would require that those applications be GPL'd (or compatible licensing), whereas LGPL requires only the library's source to be made available. Is the use of words like GPL'd common ...
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Do you use “a” or “an” before acronyms?

99% of the time, I'm clear on when I should use "a" versus "an." There's one case, though, where people & references I respect disagree. Which of the following would you precede with "a" or "an," ...
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What is the correct way to pluralize an acronym?

For example, if I wanted to write the equivalent of There are many automated teller machines in this city. Would it be There are many ATMs in this city. or There are many ATM's in ...