Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Abbreviation, Acryonym, or Initialism? Know the Difference.
This is such a simple matter, but so many people use these terms in the wrong way. So, here’s a short and sweet explanation.
First, know that ALL acronyms and initialisms are types of an abbreviation.
According to the dictionary, an acronym is a word formed from the initial letters or groups of letters of words in a set phrase or series of words, and initialism is a set of initials representing a name, organization, or the like. Basically, they're the same? No.
Here's the difference. Acronyms like OPEC and NATO are pronounced as words.
For Initialisms like PBS and HTML, each letter is pronounced.
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