Are the members of your after-school club tripping over the name Student Parachuting League & Aerial Team? Why not use each of the words’ first letters to make an acronym, and call the club SPLAT? There, that’s better.

What do NOW, sonar, and scuba have in common? They are all acronyms. Not only does each letter come from the first letter of another word, but each group of letters is easy to pronounce as its own word. Though its roots are classic (acro means “tip” and nym means “name”), acronym is fairly new as English words go; it has only been around since the early 1940s.

Definitions of acronym

n a word formed from the initial letters of the several words in the name

Type of:
descriptor, form, signifier, word form
the phonological or orthographic sound or appearance of a word that can be used to describe or identify something

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