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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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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?

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

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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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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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 ...
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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 and initialisms 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 ...
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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". ...
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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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