I’ve noticed acronyms that aren’t the traditional first letters of a series of words. For example MOND Modified Newtonian Dynamics.
Is there a word to describe this different kind of acronym?
If not maybe acro-nym could be acro-sym :)
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During Communication , in general , long items are shortened to make it easy to vocalize or type or transmit.
That gives the most general concept "Abbreviation" :
A shortened form of a word or phrase
Shortening something by omitting parts of it
Three tangentially related concepts are "Contraction" :
A word formed from two or more words by omitting or combining some sounds
& Crasis :
the contraction of two vowels or diphthongs into one long vowel or diphthong
& Amalgamated Name :
a name that is formed by combining several previously existing names
which might be in the form of Acronym or Blend or something else
Within the broad concept "Abbreviation" , we have "Acronym" where the letters are not necessarily the Initial letters.
Within the "Acronym" concept , we have "Initialisms" , where the letters used are necessarily the Initial letters.
Abbreviation : shortened form of a word
Acronym : shortened word of a phrase made up of the initial letters, and is pronounced as a single word
LASER == light amplification (by) stimulated emission (of) radiation
NASA = National Aeronautics and Space Administration
PIN = Personal Identification Number
Initialism : the letters are pronounced distinctly , unlike Acronyms , where a word is pronounced as a whole
VIP = “Very Important Person”
DVD = “Digital Versatile Disc”
With "Modified Newtonian Dynamics" , we have MOND which is shortening ( Abbreviation ) & can be pronounced ( Acronym ) , though it is using letters other than Initials.
Hence MOND is Abbreviation & Acronym , not Initialism.
The hypothetical MND might be Abbreviation & Initialism , though not Acronym.
While the hypothetical MONWD might be Abbreviation , though neither Acronym nor Initialism.
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