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Acronyms

An acronym is an abbreviation spoken like a word. 

Examples:

BUPA, NAAFI
 
Interactive example:
 
My PC starts up in DOS. [show me the acronym]
 
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).
Associated pages:
 
Overview of abbreviations
Using AD, BC, BCE and CE
Full stops (periods) in contractions
Forming the plurals of abbreviations
Using full stops (periods) in abbreviations
 
 

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