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Acronym - Word of the Day - Mon Jul 27, 2020




Acronym - (noun) - a word formed from the beginning letter or letters of the parts of the compound term.

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Laser is actually an acronym: LASER - Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation. Scuba is also an acronym: SCUBA - Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus.  Radar is also an acronym: - RADAR - RAdio Detection And Ranging


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So are NASA, AWOL, SNAFU, HIV, SWAT, TGIF, GIF, NATO, and that's just off the top of my head.  There are probably dozens more we use without thinking about it. 

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Acronyms can either be useful shorthand or an annoying PITA.  :P

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My favourite acronym is TLA which stands for Three Letter Acronym. The reason it's my favourite is because TLA is a TLA...

Another interesting acronym from the computer industry is GNU, which stands for GNU is Not Unix (a recursive definition).

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