Acronyms

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What Are Acronyms? (with Examples)

An acronym is an abbreviation spoken like a word.

Here are four examples of acronyms:

Be Careful with the Word "Acronym"

An abbreviation not spoken like a word (i.e., you read out its individual letters) is not an acronym. The following are not acronyms: acronym example

A Quick Test


Be careful not to use the term acronym when you mean abbreviation.  Remember, an acronym is an abbreviation spoken like a word.

Therefore, BBC is not an acronym, but GOLD is.  (GOLD stands for Go On Laugh Daily.  It's a digital TV channel).


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Overview of abbreviations (includes initialisms)