Acronyms, Abbreviations, and Initialisms.
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Frequently Asked Questions

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Q.What is an acronym?
A.An acronym is an abbreviation created from the first (or more) letters in a phrase or a word. Ex. NASA
Q.Is CEO, chief executive officer, an acronym?
A.No. CEO is not an acronym. An acronym is only an acronym if you pronounce it like a word. CEO is an example of initialism.
Q.What is an abbreviation?
A.An abbreviation is a shortened form of a word or a phrase. It usually contains letters within the word or phrase, but not always.
Q.What is initialism?
A.Initialism is shortened version of a word or phrase. It is formed by taking the the initial letters of a word or phrase and pronouncing it as a string of letters, such as, CFO.
Q.What is an anacronym?
A.An anacronyms is an acronym that has taken on the form of a real word. Scuba and laser are perfect examples.
Q.What is RAS syndrome?
A.It means Redundant Acronym Syndrome "Syndrome." It is an Acronym in which the meaning contains a redundant word. e.g. RAM (Random Access Memory) memory.

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