Questions tagged [acronyms]

An acronym is a word formed from the initial letters of other words. Acronyms, unlike initialisms, are pronounced as a single word. For example, "NASA" is an **acronym**, "FBI" is an **initialism**. Abbreviations (such as *Rd." for "Road") are pronounced the same as the word that they are abbreviating.

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Where are the periods in acronyms?

Okay, when I see acronyms I usually see stuff like NYOB, OMG, PM, stuff like that. I also see some of them with periods on them like N.A.S.A. Do you put the dots in them, or not?
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why no article before G.D.P.?

A quote from NY Times: For the first quarter, the bureau now says G.D.P. grew at a 1.1 percent rate — after a series of reductions from its initial estimate of 2.5 percent. Why is there no ...
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initialisms‎ vs acronyms vs abbreviations [closed]

What is the difference between these initialisms‎ vs acronyms vs abbreviations? As I understand from SO: initialisms‎ are like BOA,USA(i.e. letter by letter). acronyms are like NASA, AIDS(i.e. ...