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Examples of acronym in a Sentence
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization is known by the acronym “NATO.”
Recent Examples of acronym from the Web
Despite a direct ban of African-American women—which made the WASP acronym an apt name for the unit—the program featured several exceptional women of color.
The new Mazda6 also rides on an updated chassis, with a suspension that offers a smoother ride and better refinement of NVH, an industry acronym that stands for noise, vibration and harshness.
Today, America Online Instant Messenger, better known by its acronym, AIM, went dark after more than two decades of faithful service.
Osama al-Nujaifi, one of Iraq’s three vice presidents, said in an interview in Washington, using an Arabic acronym for ISIS.
All Giulias come with a drive-mode selector with three unique settings: Dynamic, Natural, and Advanced Efficiency—cleverly making the acronym DNA—each of which alters the car’s transmission, engine management, and steering feel.
The behind-the-scenes push to open up the refuge – often referred to by its acronym, ANWR – comes as longtime drilling proponents occupy key positions at the Interior Department.
Feldhausen wrote in another email, using an acronym for limited-term employees.
The lovely concoction is sufficiently common to have drawn an acronym — FOG.
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What's the difference between an abbreviation and an acronym?
Some people are unsure of whether to call ASAP or appt abbreviations or acronyms. Both abbreviation and acronym are used to refer to a shortened form, but an acronym is a shortened form of a phrase and is usually made up of the initial letters of that phrase. For example, NATO comes from “North Atlantic Treaty Organization,” and ASAP comes from “as soon as possible.” Abbreviations, on the other hand, can be shortened forms of words or phrases, and need not necessarily be made up of the initial letters of either. ASAP and appt (for appointment) are both considered abbreviations, but only ASAP is an acronym. Acronyms are a type of abbreviation.
What is the difference between the words acronym and initialism?
Acronym is a fairly recent word, dating from the 1940s, although acronyms existed long before we gave them that name. The term was preceded in English by the word initialism, meaning an abbreviation formed from the initial letters of a phrase, and which has been in use since the late 19th century.
Some people feel strongly that acronym should only be used for terms like NATO, which is pronounced as a single word, and that initialism should be used if the individual letters are all pronounced distinctly, as with FBI. Our research shows that acronym is commonly used to refer to both types of abbreviations.
Did You Know?
Acronym was created by combining acr- ("beginning") with -onym, ("name" or "word"). You may recognize -onym in other familiar English words such as pseudonym and synonym. English speakers borrowed -onym directly from the Greek (it derives from onyma, the Greek word for "name"). Acr- is also from Greek, but it made a side trip through Middle French on its way to English.
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