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Does this title sound like some kind of 12-step program? Can you pronounce it as a word?

NEAIAA = Not Every Abbreviation Is An Acronym!

Here’s a lesson/word of the day:

abbreviation. noun.

  • a shortened or contracted form of a word or phrase, used to represent the whole, as Dr. for Doctor, U.S. for United States, lb. for pound.
  • an act of abbreviating; state or result of being abbreviated; reduction in length, duration, etc.; abridgment.

acronym. noun.

  • a word formed from the initial letters or groups of letters of words in a set phrase or series of words, as Wac from Women’s Army Corps, OPEC from Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, or loran from long-range navigation.
  • an acrostic.

acronym. verb (used with object)

  • to make an acronym of: The committee’s name has been acronymed MIKE.

We actually believe that the verb form of acronym should be considered in our group of Nouns gone bad …

TIP: Just remember, if you can pronounce it as a word, it is more than an abbreviation, it is an acronym.

Sources: dictionary.com, Acronym Finder

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