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Questions tagged [initialisms]

An initialism is an abbreviation which consists of the initial components of a phrase or word, and which is mainly pronounced by spelling the initialism aloud.

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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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How to make an initialism out of a word/phrase with a number?

I have a question. How do I make an initialism out of a word/phrase with a number? For an example: Should Rainbow 6 Siege be R6S because of initialism is an abbreviation made of initial letters but 6 ...
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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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What is it called when words are grouped together by their first letter?

This method is often used in teaching, marketing, management, self-help books, for example: The 4 T's of success, the 3 D's of determination, etc. What is this process/method called?
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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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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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Is www an abbreviation?

The initialism "www" means "world wide web". The common definition of an initialism is that it is an abbreviation, formed by using the first letter of each word. According to most definitions, an ...
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How to pluralize the following initialism [duplicate]

I'm having difficulty finding an answer to this. If I need to pluralize the following phrase "Request for Support" to "Requests for Support" would I put it as, RFSs, RFS's, RsFS, R.F.S.'s, R.'sF.S. or ...
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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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How to express my first name in initial(s) when its composed of two separate parts

First of all, I'm Korean, and we don't have a middle name. Except for a very few odd cases, our names are composed of one letter surname, and two letters first name. For example, former UN secretary ...
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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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What is the origin of using particular initials as a first name? [closed]

In the English language (and predominantly American English), it is relatively common to see a (limited) set of first and middle names that form initials used as a first name. (ex. TJ, JT, DJ). Thomas ...
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Does OP mean “original poster” or “original post”?

In an online forum, OP means "original poster," but can it also mean "original post?" For example, instead of saying To answer the OP's original question... could one instead say To answer ...
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What is the shorter way of saying - “I am sharing my understanding, in a hope to get corrected”? [closed]

I am looking for a concise way of saying or writing, "I am sharing my understanding about blah, in a hope to get corrected". The phrase "IMHO" expresses part of the idea, but does not necessarily ...
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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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How can I make initialisms that refer to plurals possessive? [duplicate]

I want to know if it is correct to treat AF as a proper name and thus write "AF's concept" or if I must take the words of the initialism into consideration and write "AFs' (as I would write "Armed ...
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Is there a term for embedding an acronym or initialism inside a friendlier-sounding name for a desired effect?

At my job I have created an application which supplements the functions of the main system the employees use during the day. The main system is referred to with a Three Letter Abbreviation (TLA). ...
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Is there a distinct term for acronyms with multi-letter parts?

Is there a distinct term for acronyms with multi-letter parts, particularly in title case? My motivating examples are: Conventions: BlizzCon, NyCon II, WonderCon (nee Wonderful World of Comics ...
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What is the poetic meter of 'O.K.'? [closed]

Is the acronym "O.K." generally pronounced as an iamb or a trochee? Or is it context-dependent?
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Are you supposed to use capitalized letters when expanding an all-caps initialism in parentheses to explain what each initial respectively stands for?

Which of these two is written correctly: MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) MRI (magnetic resonance imaging)
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Capitalization of the initialism “PC” [closed]

When using it as 'personal computer', should it be lowercase as opposed to other uses such as 'political correctness' which may be more descriptive through use of uppercase?
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How do you pluralize the first letter of acronym? [duplicate]

How does one pluarlize an acronym (or initialism) when the first letter of the acronym is the one to be pluarlized? What acronym is to be used for "ways of reasoning" if WoR is "way of reasoning"?
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Correct spelling for the abbreviation “FPS” (frames per second) [duplicate]

Well-known game journalists TotalBiscuit and Jim Sterling use [the number of frames per second] fps instead of 30FPS or 30 FPS, without an intervening space between the units and the following units (...
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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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Making acronyms/initialisms from hyphenated words

Should we use only the first part of a hyphenated compound word to coin an initialism/acronym? E.g. would "on-site detector circuit" become OSDC or ODC? Or does it depend on the particular ...
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Pluralizing abbreviations where the noun is not the last word

For abbreviations - both acronyms and initialisms - where the last word in the abbreviation is the noun, I'm accustomed to adding an 's' with no apostrophe (e.g. ATMs), as described in the answer to ...
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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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Source of 'BB' in the sense of 'small, spherical pellet of shot'

Merriam-Webster's Eleventh Collegiate Dictionary (2003) has the following entry for BB: BB n (1845) 1 : a shot pellet 0.18 inch in diameter for use in a shotgun cartridge 2 : a shot pellet 0.175 ...
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A word for an acronym that doesn't stand for anything

Some brands or product names take the form of an acronym, but the letters don't actually stand for anything. An example would be Windows XP--the "XP" was chosen for its sound and connotations rather ...
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How to correctly abbreviate name [closed]

Please advice on how to correctly abbreviate name. Which are grammatically correct? (if there are more correct forms please kindly add them as well) NOTE, If there is no correct way, please point ...
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Can initialisms be forced into acronyms? [duplicate]

There are some initialisms out there that are unpronouncable as words in any correct English sense (I found one today of SQRL). However the inventor of such terms force a word onto them, in this case: ...
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how do you pronounce URL?

When pronouncing URL, I say (roughly) "you-are-ell." A colleague insists that (roughly) "earl" is more common. Is there a widely accepted pronunciation? Within the computer world or without?
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Is IOU an abbreviation, an acronym, or an initialism?

IOU stands for I owe you and we pronounce each letter separately. But how do we classify that construction"? abbreviation: a shortened form of a word or phrase acronym: an abbreviation formed from ...
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Regarding abbreviations in chapter/section titles in a technical text

What is common practice regarding the use of abbreviations in chapter/section titles in a technical text? Is it encouraged? Should it be avoided? Is it preferable to include the full name of the term ...
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Is there a term for an acronym “parody” / “backformation” / “re-purposing”?

I've engaged the task of trying to legitimize the presence of a listing of DRM standing for "Digital Restrictions Management" on Wikipedia's disambiguation page for the acronym DRM. (This is a case ...
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Middle initial placement

First question: My name is Anh D. Pham, but I go by “Andy”. If I want to include my nickname, where should I put the nickname portion? Anh D. “Andy” Pham Anh “Andy” D. Pham Second question:...
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initialism for names starting with a digraph

What is the rule of initialism for names starting with digraph that is usually considered as a single letter? For instance, some non-Latin single letter transcribes to a digraph (e.g., Russian: Yu in ...
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Is the term “KTV” in use in any English-speaking country?

While travelling recently for two months in mainland China I noticed many buildings with the English letters KTV in their signage. At first I thought this was something to do with company names or ...
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Once you've introduce an acronym / initialism should you always use it?

When writing a large document with technical terminology (in this example I'll use 'Content Management System') I would use the full term itself and alongside introduce the acronym / initialism: ......
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“cu” for “see you”, “ic” for “I see” - what do you call those? [duplicate]

What do you call the sequences of letters that produce phrases when read letter by letter? Examples include "CU" for "see you", "IC" for "I see" and so on.
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How do we pronounce the acronym CMYK?

How does one pronounce the acronym CMYK, in the color model sense. If there is more than one pronunciation, how popular is each of them?
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“An html” or “A html” [duplicate]

An html file with above form structure is given to you. or A html file with above form structure is given to you.
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What is the correct way to define an acronym when its first appearance is plural? [closed]

The question and answers posed in What is the correct way to pluralize an acronym? deals very nicely with acronym (and possibly initialism) usage. What about the case when you are defining the acronym?...
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Is the second period necessary after an abbreviation?

Which one of the following is correct? only in the continental U.S.A. For all other countries... only in the continental U.S.A.. For all other countries... I am not sure if I need two periods after "...
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Proper to add tense to acronyms, abbreviations and initialisms

What is the correct way to pluralize an acronym? asked about pluralising acronyms, abbreviations and initialisms, but is there a standard way to add verb endings e.g. -ing and -ed (what are these ...
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Proper use of “TV”

It seems "TV" is always preferred when used as an abbreviation for "television" in informal writing, but is "tv" ever acceptable? (The capitalization seems to me to place undue emphasis on it.)
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“The” before acronyms and abbreviations

I saw several posts about usage of "the" before acronyms, but I still haven't found any answer on my question. Let's say I developed a System for Definitions' Retrieval (SDR). So, should I refer to it ...
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OED Appeals: Antedatings of “DIY”

The OED has made a public appeal for help in tracing the history of some English words, including: DIY abbreviation earlier than 1955 DIY is of course an abbreviation of do it yourself, ...
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Singular or plural verb after collective noun initialism

Are companies/groups of people considered plural? What about their initialisms? I'm unsure if I should use have (plural verb) or has (singular) in the following situations: The Federal Bureau of ...