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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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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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How do you pronounce GIF? [duplicate]

How do you pronounce GIF the acronym for "graphical interchange format"?
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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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Which does the U.S. government use: U.S.’s or US’s?

The government of the United States punctuates our toponymic acronyms thusly: the U.S. (not US) the USA (not U.S.A.) For proof of this, you can visit usa.gov. (Note that the article is only ...
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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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Using "test" after TOEIC and TOEFL [duplicate]

Recently, I've seen a few examples of people writing either "I took the TOEIC test" or "I took the TOEFL test". They tend to be ESL students, so I don't want to be a grammar Nazi about it, but for my ...
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Correct way to introduce acronyms [duplicate]

What is the correct method of introducing the expanded form for Acronym in the bracket? is it expanded form first and then the acronym in bracket or Vica-Versa. Also, what is the difference in ...
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Should it be 'an' or 'a' in front of an abbreviation? [duplicate]

I am using abbreviations for well-known phrases: e.g., "Nash equilibrium" becomes NE and "neural networks" becomes NN. Should I use "an NN" or "a NN"? Does it matter whether a reader "unfolds" the ...
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Do I need to abbreviate plurals separately or can I just add an 's' at the end of original abbreviation?

I am writing an abstract for an article. I am using abbreviation Road Traffic Accident (RTA). In the further sentences I need to use plural of RTA that is Road Traffic Accidents (RTAs). My question ...
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Plural of an initialism written in lowercase with abbreviation full stops

Although similar questions have been already posed and answered here, I still have this doubt: in the case of initialisms written in lowercase (and possibly having full stops after each letter), how ...
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Is there a word for an acronym that spells an existing word? [duplicate]

On a recent episode of The Simpsons, Marge and Homer attended DANK (Drug and Alcohol Night of Knowledge). It made me wonder: is there a term for an acronym that spells an existing word (like how Drug ...
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"Subject Matter Expert" [closed]

In the term "Subject Matter Expert" (SME), what does the qualifier "Subject Matter" mean? Are there experts without subject matter (other than perhaps Irwin Corey, the "World's Foremost Authority") ...
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Would I use 'The FA' or 'the FA' in a sentence?

I'm writing a sentence that refers to The Football Association and want to shorten it to the FA, but I'm unsure whether I should capitalise the T in 'the' or not because its official name is The ...
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Do I use an apostrophe if I'm referring to several medical IVs? [duplicate]

First sentence (with apostrophe): The IV's continued to drip as she thrashed on the bed. OR Second sentence (no apostrophe): The IVs continued to drip as she thrashed on the bed. Which one of ...
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Confusion about Pronunciation of gif

I know there isn’t a correct way to pronounce gif. And its an abbreviation. There are two ways to pronounce it Hard G ( as in gift) Soft G( as in giraffe) This is a classic example of toe-ma-toe ...
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Using a or an article before unfamiliar or new termed acronym [duplicate]

I have seen in a number of places, such as this answer, that the usage of a or an in front of an acronym is dependent on the common pronunciation of that acronym. I am confused for the following ...
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Acronyms and Initialisms- Uppercase, Lowercase, or either

Is there a rule on acronyms and initialisms being spelled out with the first letter of each word being uppercase or lowercase? Example: interim final rule (IFR) Interim Final Rule (IFR)
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When introducing an initialism for the first time in a paper, but the noun is possessive, do I make the initialism possessive as well?

E.g., Mobile network operator's (MNO's) networks are overloaded. Or Mobile network operator's (MNO) networks are overloaded.
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Use of spaces in an acronym with a colon

Is there a space after the colon in an acronym that has a subtitle....should it be COG: S with a space after the colon, or COG:S with not space after the colon?
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Conversion of all-cap acronyms to first letter only; when did NASA become Nasa? [duplicate]

The BBC will often refer to well recognized organizations named by an acronym by capitalizing only the first letter. For example, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration written as all ...
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After I abbreviate do I need to use "the" before? [duplicate]

After I use an acronym or abbreviation should I continue using "the" in front of it? I'm assumption is no. Example: "...at the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) Headquarters in ...
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’s apostrophe usage in "RNA’s" [duplicate]

The following is a test of mba entrance Why is there a 's after RNA in number 2 ? PS: the number 2 should change to RNA's direct according to the answer sheet.
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