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

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"Do" in a 1932 text: acronym, or what?

Dorothy L. Sayers, Gaudy Night, XII, p. 285: March 7 – abusive letter by post to Miss de Vine,' `March 11, do, to Miss Hillyard and Miss Layton (…) Any idea about that “do” in the second entry? No ...
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What are good ways to write the past tense of DOS (Denial Of Service)? [duplicate]

In computer security, the initialism or three letter acronym "DOS" often stands for "Denial of Service", as in a "DOS attack". Sometimes it is used as a verb: "One ...
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Term for a word based on an initialism

I recently came across the word 'geeb', a pronunciation and "wordification" of 'GB', itself an initialism of 'gravity bong'. It reminded me of 'okay', which has a similar relationship with '...
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Are there any rules for mixing capital and small letters in acronyms?

In documentation for electrical vehicles there is a common acronym for "state of charge" that is written as "SoC" or "SOC". Are both versions equally ok, or are there ...
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Why do we say some initialisms and acronyms as words but not others? [duplicate]

Initialisms and acronyms with vowels can be said as single words. Is there any coherent pattern or convention determining the choice? VIP? LOL? DIY? WAG? For example?
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What’s it called when you use more than the first letters of words in making an acronym?

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 ...
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What is the meaning of “PSP”? [closed]

This Daily Mail article (Was French patrol boat at fault for Channel migrant drownings?) refers to both PSP Pluvier and PSP Cormoran. What does that term mean?
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Why sometimes acronyms are pronounced as a word and sometimes they are not? [duplicate]

Why is NASA (the National Aeronautics and Space Administration) pronounced as "na·suh" but USA (the United States of America) not pronounced as "u·suh"?
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Meaning of SoA in a review of an academic paper

The reviewer of my paper said: It is not clear what is the main contribution regarding to SoA And in another question he said: The SoA should be improved What is the meaning of SoA here? (For ...
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When is it acceptable to pronounce acronyms for EVs [closed]

As a place of innovation electric vehicles having a growing number of acronyms with increasing length. It is common to call electric vehicles EVs in writing and in speech. My question is about longer ...
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Are mixed case like IaC or GoF in acronyms normative or allowed? [duplicate]

In IT (Information Technology) there are a lot of acronyms with mixed case: GoF: Gang of four, the oldest I found. IaC: Infrastructure as Code, very common nowadays I understand the logic behing ...
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What is the term or word used to describe a name such as 'N.S Ennis' where the initials 'N.S' sound the same as the surname 'Ennis'?

My name, 'N.S Ennis', was called out in a waiting room some years ago and I was told there was an actual term for this occurrence where the initials 'NS' sound the same as the surname 'Ennis'. I am ...
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What is the most proper way to add -ing to acronyms? [duplicate]

Sometimes acronyms represent actions. For example, a Super Smash Bros. player may be said to be "DI-ing" (Directional influencing). In these situations, what would be the best-established ...
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Capitalization of acronyms - maybe there is no definite correctness for all cases?

Is it correct to capitalize the acronym when it is a name? Sometimes it is dubious whether it's a name or a word, for example SQL, ANSI, GNU and more would be considered a name so it should be ...
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The origin of slang GOAT (in a field) for the "greatest of all time"

Lately, I have seen GOAT being used for people. Like: Lionel Messi is called the GOAT. Muhammad Ali boxed his way into our hearts and will forever be known as GOAT. John may end up being the GOAT. ...
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Spelling out an acronym if first seen in the table of contents and do you spell it out in the paragraph title as well so that they match?

If a subject title is first spelled out in the table of contents, do you still spell out that same acronym when you get to the paragraph title within the document so that it is matching the table of ...
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VTOL Hybrid Initialism/Acronym?

VTOL, for "Vertical Takeoff and Landing" I have usually heard pronounced as "Vee-Tol", Cambridge link That got me wondering on what kind of word this is. As I understand it, an ...
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How do you pronounce RND (Research and Development)? [closed]

Apparently, RND is an acronym for Research and Development. I'm used to R&D. How do you pronounce RND? Would it be "are and dee", like the form I'm used to? Or would it be "are en ...
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Pluralising abbreviations ending in S

From general Googling, I understand it is correct to add an 's' (lower case) if pluralising abbreviations ending in 'S' and this makes sense. However, I am surprised to have so far found no instances ...
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Can an abbreviation of a verb be classified as a nominalisation?

For example, in the abbreviation for the fictional organisation "SCP Foundation", "SCP" is short for "Secure, Contain, Protect." Would this classify the term "SCP&...
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What’s the term for an acronym that refers to another acronym?

For example, AIM stands for AOL Instant Messenger, and AOL stands for American OnLine. This isn’t quite the same thing as a recursive acronym, which refers to itself. Maybe the term is nested acronym?
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What does the acronym DAO mean in the book Clean Code? [closed]

I am reading a book called Clean Code. Although it is actually in Portuguese (translated) there are some code samples which aren't translated, so I don't know the meaning of the acronym "DAO&...
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How can I introduce an acronym parenthetically in a hyphenated compound? [duplicate]

How do I introduce the acronym for "deep learning" in the following case: "Deep learning-based" Example: Deep learning (DL)-based or Deep learning-based (DL-based)
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Is it okay to put a colon after an acronym? [duplicate]

For example, when writing a list of fields to be filled e.g. Name: D.O.B.: Address: Is the colon after D.O.B. correct?
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Is an acronym/initialism ever pluralized in its parenthetical introduction?

For example, if the first use of RDA occurs as follows: "Recommended daily allowances (RDAs) are established by nutritionists after some kind of research...." Should the parenthetical ...
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What's the difference between two capitalization styles related to acronym? [duplicate]

I know NAT is the abbreviation of "Network address translation", but there is another style of this phrase, "Network Address Translation", which capitalize the first letter of each ...
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Apostrophe after Acronym that ends in "S" [duplicate]

What are the rules for using apostrophes after an acronym that ends in the letter "S"? For instance, if I have a pretend product called Fast Ice Cream System, or FICS, which delivers ice ...
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Who determines the correct way to pronounce an acronym if the creator never specifies (if the acronym can be pronounced in multiple ways)?

This is more to settle an argument between a buddy and I. There is a program we use that goes by the acronym PRDA (Personnel Records Display Application) which I pronounce as "per-duh" and ...
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How does lbs mean pounds? [duplicate]

An acronym is a pronounceable word formed from the first letter (or first few letters) of each word in a phrase or title. The newly combined letters create a new word that becomes a part of everyday ...
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Pronunciation of an acronym as a word - C as a stop or a fricative [closed]

At my place of work in the US at an agency, there is an acronym that is fairly well known: FOCI I've noticed some pronounce it "FOSI" (with a sibilant(?) C) and some "FOKI" (with a ...
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Analogue to appending "s" to the end of an acronym when plural does not have an "s" [duplicate]

Some acronyms can be naturally pluralized. For example, consider the acronym RTP which stands for regional tax policy -- the plural is regional tax policies and thus the acronym can be written as RTPs....
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Is there a word and/or term that describes the intention of converting words into an acronym? [duplicate]

I wanted to say this to somebody today, but couldn't find the word for it (neither in my head nor via Google). I have a task that acronyms would be better-suited to. Instead of saying "I want to ...
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What does it mean when an article's headline starts with "TA:"?

TA: Bitcoin Consolidated above $36K, Why BTC Could Start A Fresh Increase Source: https://www.newsbtc.com/analysis/btc/bitcoin-consolidated-above-36k/ I keep seeing this. What does it mean? Why do ...
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Is it appropriate to write mixed capped abbreviations and acronyms in all caps for headers, etc?

When using an abbreviation or acronym that has a mix of lowercase and capital letters, such as mmWave or dBm, in a heading or line that is formatted in all caps, is it appropriate to use all caps - or ...
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Why is electrocardiogram abbreviated EKG instead of ECG?

There is no K in electrocardiogram. So why is it often referred to as EKG instead of ECG? (ECG is an acronym for electrocardiogram, and it appears to be used twice as often in English literature as ...
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What does G2 (chapter title) refer to in Death by Meeting? [closed]

In Death by Meeting, by Patrick Lencioni (the book is about leadership), There is a chapter entitled "G2." Since it is the title, there is not enough context for me to figure out its meaning,...
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History of 'acronym' versus 'initialism'?

Nowadays on the internet there's a contingent who make a strong distinction between 'acronyms', which they say must be pronounced "phonetically" (for lack of a better term), and 'initialisms'...
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What would D.O.R.A. have meant in 1929?

I recently started reading a strange little book from 1929 called Breaking Priscian's Head, or English as She Will Be Spoke And Wrote, by a Scotsman named J. Y. T Greig. In a passage about how some ...
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Does "English as a Second Language" literally mean 2nd or can it mean 3rd or 4th?

I know an ESL teacher and he has students where English isn't their 2nd, but their 3rd and even 4th language. That got me thinking, why is it "English as a Second Language" and not something ...
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What is the antonym to tech-savvy? [duplicate]

I think I can use tech-illiterate. However, this word seems to have a negative aura. Is there any word choice with a more positive feel?
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What's the correct British English plural form of TV? Is it TVs or TV's? Thank you!

e.g. I have two TVs VS I have two TV's. Which one is the correct form in British English?
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What does RSD mean?

This is an acronym referring to psychological/therapeutic/social work/educational title/degree/certification. My Google research yields jack. I assume R might stand for "registered" but I ...
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Using the definite article with acronyms and initialisms with a number in front of it

I understand that using a definite article with an initialism. For example WKC for World Kendo Championship needs "the" if it pronounces "double-U kay si." I want to know if "the" is still need if it ...
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Alternatives to "simpler is better"?

I've been thinking about idioms, metaphors, and phrases one could use in a conversation to convey the idea that simpler is better. I came up with a few: "Don't scratch your left ear with your ...
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If the word "dataset" is already included in the acronym, should I still include the word to describe it?

Sorry if the title is a little hard to understand. I'm trying to wrap my head around what the proper usage of a word would be. I'm writing an academic paper right now regarding COVID-19, and there ...
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Plural of irregular or foreign acronyms [duplicate]

What is the correct way of pluralizing acronyms in which the last word is either irregular or a foreign word? For example: radiation transparent medium (RTM) What would be the plural of the acronym ...
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Capitalization of "Grant"

Should grant be capitalized in this sentence? I don't know the rule that to apply to ensure I'm writing correctly. CS = Community Safety. I've provided two examples. A representative from the Office ...
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Is it CoViD? Or COVID? Covid? How should the word be spelled?

I have seen it spelled COVID-19, but I have also seen Covid-19. In addition, I believe I have seen CoViD-19, capitalising only the first letter of each word from which it was abbreviated (for it isn't ...
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Why do so many people insist on using incomprehensible, obscure, ambiguous acronyms all the time? [closed]

I work in clinical healthcare. I won't be able to step away any time I want and we are already having problems getting PPE. Okay? "PPE"? Then I have to manually look that up on Wikipedia, and get ...
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Plural possessive of the acronym COA

How do I write the plural possessive of the acronym COA in APA style (which in general doesn't allow for the use of an apostrophe)? COA = children orphaned by AIDS Children orphaned by AIDS [...
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