What Are Acronyms? (with Examples)
What Are Acronyms? (with Examples)An acronym is an abbreviation spoken like a word. For example:
- NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization)
- NAAFI (Navy, Army and Air Force Institutes)
- Laser (Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation) (Note: Some acronyms are so common, they are often treated like normal words and are written in lowercase letters.)
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:
- BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation)
- LRS (Linear Recursive Sequence)
- M.O.T. (Ministry of Transport)
- e.g. (Latin: exempli gratia)
Be Careful Not to Use the Term Acronym When You Mean AbbreviationRemember, 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).