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Acronyms


Acronyms are words formed from the initial letters of other words and pronounced as they are spelled, not as separate letters. Examples include:

acronymfull form
Aidsacquired immune deficiency syndrome
NATONorth Atlantic Treaty Organization
UNESCOUnited Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization
SIM (card)
subscriber identification module

 

  • Most acronyms can be written as capital letters or with only an initial capital letter.
  • Some acronyms are so established that they are now ‘normal’ words, generally used without conscious awareness of their original full form. These words should be written in lower-case letters. Examples include:
laser
light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation
radar
radio detection and ranging
quango
quasi-autonomous non-governmental organization
scuba
self-contained underwater breathing apparatus

 

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