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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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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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Use of acronyms or initalisms as adjectives of nouns

I have always been curious about the use of acronyms and initialisms in scientific manuscripts. For one, take the following example. An author has abbreviated "continuous infusion" as CI, with regard ...
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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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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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Pronunciation of FEIN as acronym in US

According to Wikipedia, FEIN is an abbreviation for Federal Employer Identification Number in the US. Cursory googling shows me that as a name, it could be pronounced fine or like faint, and in german,...
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When writing in cursive, what is the proper way to write an acronym?

Would I just write the letters in cursive or switch to block text?
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Using a proper noun (specifically an acronym) as an adjective

Is it colloquial to use a proper noun as an adjective if there isn't a corresponding proper adjective? Going further, is using an acronym/initialism as an adjective okay/formal? I'm trying to prove ...
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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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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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The proper way to write UA'ed?

If that's even possible. I'm trying to say someone got a urine analysis; this is in a heavily stylized novel, first-person narration. Regardless, there must be a proper way to say it. U.A.ed (?) UAed ...
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Proper Acronym Pronunciation

Alright, I want to know about the elephant in the room: "GIF," but I want to talk about it with respect to "JPEG" So 9gag (and hence Big Bang Theory - the TV show) informs me that "GIF" is pronounced ...