What is an acronym?
Acronyms are words formed from the initial letters of other words and pronounced as they are spelled, not as separate letters. Examples include:
|Aids||acquired immune deficiency syndrome|
|NATO||North Atlantic Treaty Organization|
|UNESCO||United 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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