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

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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? [on hold]

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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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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Why use BCE/CE instead of BC/AD?

When I was a kid, I was always taught to refer to years using BC (Before Christ) and AD (Anno Domini / year of our Lord). However, I somewhat regularly hear people referring to years as in the CE ...
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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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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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In baseball, is it proper to pluralize “RBI”?

In baseball, an RBI is a Run(s) batted in. So it's already "plural". So if I were to say, Paul Konerko had five RBIs. Is that correct, or should I say Paul Konerko had five RBI.
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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“cu” for “see you”, “ic” for “I see” - what do you call those? [duplicate]

What 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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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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Which acronyms are used for epochs? How are the acronyms placed?

For example, I usually use 560 BCE 1066 CE As opposed to the traditional: 560 BC AD 1066 Some people, when using AD, place it after the year: 1066 AD How are epochs commonly denoted?
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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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Proper Apostrophe Usage with Initialisms: CCS' or CCS's?

I work with a company whose name is frequently reduced to an initialism (acronym). Let's say the name is "Cool Computer Systems" (CCS). I am engaged in an ongoing, bloody battle with the marketing ...
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Using the definite article with acronyms and initialisms

I'm wondering when to use or not to use the definite article, when using acronyms or initialisms in a sentence. Is there a rule for this, or does it depend on the context? For example, let's look at ...
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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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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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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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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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Is it acceptable to omit the last period of an acronym?

After reading this post, I was struck by the omission of the period (full stop) at the end of the acronym given. A.V.C I've never seen this before here in the States. Is it permissible here? In ...
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Capitalization of hyphenated words with corresponding acronyms?

There is a related question here, though I am specifically interested in words that have a corresponding acronym. i.e. do the capitalization rules change on first and/or subsequent use of a term ...
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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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What does N.B. stand for? [closed]

I have received letters for years, and some of the most common things in letters are post-scripts, however, there are also these funny little "N.B." which obviously do not stand for Post Script. What ...
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Is an apostrophe with a decade (e.g. 1920’s) generally considered “incorrect”?

I typically don’t use an apostrophe with plurals in any situation, but I always assumed that the use of an apostrophe in constructions like acronyms: Forty BA’s were given out to students this ...
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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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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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Use of caps for zip code

I would like to know which of "ZIP Code" or "ZIP code" is correct. One of our contributors has alerted me to the fact that the term is a registered name owned by the US Postal Service, but, to my ...
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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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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?
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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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Does pronouncing an initialism make it an acronym?

One definition of 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; ...
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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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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 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)