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Questions tagged [acronyms]

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

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The Use of Definite Article with an Acronym [migrated]

I am really confused: Why is it correct to use definite article in "the ASEAN Secretariat", "the ASEAN Region" or "the ASEAN Ministerial Meeting" but it is not correct to use THE article in e.g. "...
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What words must have a letter representing them in an acronym? [duplicate]

I am doing a project on allowing women to drive in Saudi Arabia in which I must create a fake organization to support my cause. I wanted a clever name (one that didn't seem too lazy) so I took 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

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 - Uppercase, Lowercase, or either

Is there a rule on acronyms 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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Acronyms: Plural, and then Singular

The acronym "SP" is first written in the document as: "contained in widely used or long-standing special permits (SP)." Next it appears in the singular: "eliminate the need for numerous SP renewal ...
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Why are some initialisms sometimes spelled with a slash? E.g. O/S for Operating System [duplicate]

I've only ever seen this practice used to refer to "Operating System" with "O/S", but according to The Free Dictionary there are a few more. Why is the slash in the middle sometimes used? Isn't "OS" ...
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Should one use “an” or an “a” before an acronym beginning with the letter H? [duplicate]

Consider the sentence: He offered to be an HSC. vs: He offered to be a HSC. In the example above, HSC stands for Health Service Consultant. If one were saying the sentence aloud, one would ...
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Email subject line is all the information I want to convey. How to instruct the sender (in the subject line itself) to not open the email body?

I want to write an email (to my boss) in which all the information is conveyed in the subject line itself: "Won't be doing the Strawberry Project" "Your work is in process" "Come quick. Party ...
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Spelling out acronyms in Appendices [closed]

If an acronym is spelled out in the body of the document but is also used in multiple Appendices, is the acronym spelled out again in each appendix?
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Using an acronym with a name that incorporates the @ symbol

Can you make an acronym out of a name that incorporates the @ symbol? For instance, can "People@Work" be "P@W" in the body of the document once it has been spelled out?
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How commonly used / understood is the “BR” signature?

In Finland, in informal correspondence over email in English I often see the acronym "BR" or "Br" used in the signature before the name, and I've seen some people from at least Germany do the same. I ...
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Why is there no space between U. and S. in U.S. Government? [duplicate]

It appears that when U.S. Government agencies type "U.S.", they do not enter a space between the U. and the S. Is this used elsewhere on acronyms? Why or why not?
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Past tense of MOT? [duplicate]

I'm usually quite good at this kind of thing but can't decide on this. When describing when a car has had its MOT (Ministry of Transport) test do I write... Recently MOTd Recently MOT'd Recently ...
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Is there a list of words that don't need their own letters in an acronym?

When building an acronym, there are occasionally small words that can "slip through the cracks". For example, U.S.A actually stands for United States of America. NASA stands for National Aeronautics ...
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Tag (the game) = “Touch and Go”?

I have been seeing the following post making the rounds on social media today: How old were you when you learned that the game TAG stands for "Touch and Go"? I was today years old... Now even ...
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What type of word is SeQueL called, when you pronounce the abbreviation SQL as “SeQueL”

In database technology there is a standard called "Structured Query Language", which is abbreviated as SQL. However, some people pronounce SQL as "SeQueL". If SQL is an "abbreviation" or "acronym" - ...
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The curious case of “UChi” and its pronunciation

The Free Dictionary tells me that UCHI is the acronym for The University of Chicago. But if that were the case, shouldn't it be TUOC? I visited the official university website and it says said Our ...
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Adding the 'the' article for proper noun and abbreviation? [duplicate]

As a part-time English tutorial teacher who isn't specialized in language, I would like to ask about article usage for proper nouns and abbreviations. Do you add 'the' for the following sentences? "I ...
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Do all acronyms need to be capitalized? [duplicate]

Acronyms are almost always capitalized, think: BBC HTML ASAP etc. Sometimes though acronyms are not capitalized. Even the license at the bottom of this page is written as: cc by-sa 3....
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Capital letters in own defined acronyms

I am writing my PhD thesis, and I want to use the acronym "DOM" referring to "Domain Optimization Method", as I use a lot that expression throughout the document. At the moment of defining it (i.e. ...
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Articles with initialisms: 'the' or no 'the', can both be correct?

(Skip to the end for the actual question.) Definitions According to Oxford Living Dictionaries, an initialism is: "An abbreviation consisting of initial letters pronounced separately". According ...
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Blending capitalisation and abbreviation [closed]

Is there a term that describes the process of capitalising words to identify them with an acronym? For example when writing about MS (multiple sclerosis), text can be something like "my Micro ...
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What if an acronym has no singular form?

Do you need to add the s to an acronym that has no singular form? Specifically, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR).
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Should I capitalize the acronym of a word?

I would like to know how I should write the abbreviation of a phrase, or an acronym. To be more clear I give you an example: Hosch is a german word, which is the abbreviation of the name of the ...
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What does SFM on a map mean?

I am reading the book A Voyage for Madman by Peter Nichols. There are some maps on some pages. On those maps, I see the acronym "SFM" and have no idea what it means. I looked SFM up on Google and I ...
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Plurals of acronyms on BBC website [duplicate]

Sinn Féin has confirmed that one of their MLA's has removed a clamp from the front wheel of his car, using what appears to be bolt cutters, in Belfast. This is from the BBC website. I know the ...
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How is it called when we follow an acronym with a word already in the acronym? [duplicate]

Example: PIN Number (PIN=Personal Identification Number), no need to repeat number RSVP please (RSVP=Answer please in French), no need to say please again etc.
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How should “UNC” in the context of networking be pronounced?

How should UNC (Universal Naming Convention) be pronounced? "unk" "you en see" In a sentence, should it be "a UNC share" or "an UNC share"? A Google search for "a unc" -carolina results in about ...
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Acronym of abbreviation for “At the time of writing this document”?

I'm wondering if there is some special abbreviation for "At the time of writing this document". I am writing a document that contains names of individuals to contact in certain scenarios, and it is ...
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“a” versus “an” before an acronym that begins with the letter “U” [duplicate]

I have an unusual situation related to the well-worn topic of when to use a/an before an acronym. We all know that the SOUND is what dictates which to use. So, for example, this is correct: "If an ...
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When did 'RINO' begin to be used as an acronym for 'Republican in name only'?

Instances in print of the phrase "Republican in name only"—referring to members of the Republican party who, in the writer's opinion, lack sufficient devotion to what the writer regards as the core ...
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Why does fMRI start with a lowercase letter? [duplicate]

Why does fMRI start with a lowercase f? As it stands for functional in functional magnetic resonance imaging. The fMRI Wikipedia page has a history section, but it does not explain why a lowercase f ...
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Pluralization of acronyms [duplicate]

I have seen the following questions: Pluralization of acronyms ending in 'S', What is the correct way to pluralize an acronym? or Plurals of acronyms, letters, numbers — use an apostrophe or ...
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What is the correct word for “acronymed”?

First of all, I am not a native English speaker, so that's why I'm having an issue with this one. I am under the impression that an abbreviation is the shortening of something, like boulevard = blvd, ...
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Why do we say GBP instead of UKP?

I was torn between posting this here or on finance SE. I feel it's more likely to get useful answers here, if you disagree please comment. It is common for the UK pound (£) to be referred to as GBP, ...
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On the usage of “the” article with acronyms and initialisms

I've read Using the definite article with acronyms and initialisms and Is it appropriate to use "the" before an abbreviation? I know that 1. The article is often used with initials that are ...
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We are physicists and we are arguing over the use of “a” and “an” [duplicate]

Here is the situation. I am in an office full of physicists and one physicist is writing his PhD Thesis. Fundamentally, he wants to know whether he should type "an SV" or "a SV" into the computer. SV ...
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What does SVO stand for? [closed]

A newbie user question about acronym used today: "SVO." I'm puzzled as to what it could be. What is SVO pray tell? something verb order?
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Acronym-laden language-help! [closed]

I know that it's proper to spell out the term and show the acronym in an document upon its first use. After that, one should use the acronym. However, I struggle with continuously simply using ...
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Single word for the “estimated time of completion”

Is there a single word which can replace the phrase "Estimated time of Completion"? Obviously, there is ETA (Estimated Time of Arrival) but it doesn't fit my context as is explained below. I have ...
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What does “l. s. d.” stand for?

Here is the original text from Lord Macaulay’s History of England: They are the men of double entry, magnifying routine. In business they have added mechanical device to mechanical device, they ...
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Acronym Capitalization Rules [duplicate]

What is the capitalization rule for acronyms? E.g., why "radar" and not "RADAR" but "NATO" and not "nato"?
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Proper way to write a acronym that's become a verb [duplicate]

In the Unix programming world there's a command called cd. It stands for Change Directory. From what I can research it's at least 35 years old. I often hear at my job "Then we'll cd into ". With ...