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Acronyms

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

 

The use of acronyms has exploded in the past 30 years as technology has permeated everyone’s life and the jargon of the technical and business worlds has become more commonplace. An acronym uses the first letter(s) of each word in a common string of words to create a pronounceable new word, such as NATO. Nowadays, most abbreviations formed by collecting the first letters of a string of words— whether they are pronounceable or not—are commonly called acronyms: USA, IBM, DVD, ATM, PIN, IRA, BYOB, RSVP. Some words that started out as acronyms are now accepted English words. Here are some that have made it into the dictionary:

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