- An abbreviation is a shortening of a word or a phrase.
- An acronym is an abbreviation that forms a word.
initialism is an abbreviation
that uses the first letter of
each word in the phrase (thus,
some but not all
initialisms are acronyms).
from Greek acro- in the sense of extreme
or tip and onyma or name) is an abbreviation of several words in such a way that the abbreviation itself forms a pronounceable word
Technically, a word
that is formed by combining some parts (usually the
first letters) of some other terms. For example,
modem is the acronym derived from modulator/demodulator. In everyday speech, the term is also used to refer to
initialisms, which are combinations of letters representing a longer phrase. For example, CRT is an initialism for
cathode ray tube. The difference is that an acronym is pronounced as if it were a word rather than just a series of individual letters.
Newsgroups, chat rooms,
and e-mail have spawned a rich set of acronyms and
initialisms for common phrases.
A few of the more common ones are listed below.
|ASAP||As Soon As Possible|
|BTW||By The Way|
|FYI||For Your Information|
|IMHO||In My Humble Opinion|
|IMO||In My Opinion|
|LOL||Laughing Out Loud|
|TIA||Thanks In Advance|
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Information technology, Internet/Web, telecommunications, computing & computer science, hardware, software, etc. (over 86,000 definitions)
Examples: AJAX, CMM, DHCP, FTP, HTTP, PDA, RSS, SDK, TCP, WWW
Science & Medicine
Popular science, hard science, medicine, nature, engineering, physics, space, astronomy, geology, chemistry, etc. (over 145,000 definitions)
Examples: ACL, DNA, HEPA, LASER, MRI, PTFE, SSRI, TIA, TENS, VOC
Military & Government
Local, national and international governments, military, defense, defense industry, weapons systems, etc. (over 154,000 definitions)
Examples: DoD, ICBM, ICE, NHS, MoD, NOAA, NSA, OSHA, NZQA
Organizations & Schools
Local, national, and international organizations, schools, colleges, universities, education, non-profits, NGOs, etc. (over 195,000 definitions)
Examples: ALA, ANWB, BBB, IEEE, MoMA, NEA, UCLA, UN, WTO
Business & Finance
Business, finance, accounting, marketing, real estate, shipping, companies, stock markets, products, etc. (over 76,000 definitions)
Examples: BOE, CEO, EBIDTA, FOB, GAAP, IKEA, IPO, MLS, P&L, TVM
Slang & Pop Culture
Slang, chat, instant messaging, newsgroups, sports, people, pop culture, etc. (over 41,000 definitions)
Examples: AFAIK, BRB, IIRC, IMHO, JFK, LOL, MVP, RBI, ROFL