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Acronym

An abbreviation made from the first parts (usually the first letters) of a multi-word term. Strictly speaking, acronyms form pronounceable words, such as STRIPS. Those that do not are called initialisms, such as SEC. However, the term has come to refer to all abbreviations. Acronyms are very common in business and finance, and often are used so commonly they nearly replace the original term. For example, price-earnings ratio is often shortened to P/E and a chief executive officer is usually called a CEO.
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The initial assessment of the claim is simple enough: if the word predates World War II, an acronymic origin is unlikely; if it predates World War I, it's extremely unlikely.
The first is that the treatment of phobias should not consist only of the application of one of the acronymic methods even though these embody certain interpersonal curative factors.
But the current H2O celebration is by no means a recent phenomenon, for it was the Romans, those bathing freaks of the antique age, who coined the acronymic term "spa" in the first place (spa.
A right good acronymic badge of courage, if you ask me.
The tea exporter's trade group is Calcutta Tea Traders Association, the CTTA, not to be confused with another nation's CTTA, the Colombo Tea Traders Association (nor with Colombo's acronymic TEA, Tea Exporters Association).
There are stirrings everywhere: at the grass roots, where people, awash in the alphabet soup of acronymic health care providers, are beginning to murmur their discontent; in the boardrooms of corporations, where those who buy health care by the carload are wondering what precisely their dollars have bought, in the labyrinthine folds of government, where politicians and bureaucrats, their wetted fingers to the wind, have felt the chill of public opprobrium; and in the rarefied reaches of academe, whose denizens, exquisitely attuned to the ebb and flow of grants, see new, rich pastures before them.
But music is far from the only place in which this acronymic acrimony, this techno tussling has broken out.
In contrast to his acronymic predecessor FDR, LBJ lacked the necessary repudiative warrants against a "preexisting regime," warrants "wholly affirmative" proving again inadequate when the "disruptive force" of Johnson's programs was felt (pp.
Rabbi Yehudah forms the three words that have become the traditional acronymic abbreviation of the ten plagues by combining the first letters of the Hebrew words for the first three plagues (Blood, Frogs, Lice) to create the first word, the first letters of the fourth, fifth and sixth plagues (Wild Beasts, Pestilence, Boils) for the second word and the first letters of the seventh through tenth plagues (Hail, Locusts, Darkness, Slaying of the Firstborn) for the third word.
Finally, the popularity of Twelfth Nights acronymic games can be illustrated in two plays that are clearly indebted to Shakespeare's comedy.
Of course, the real tragi-comic backdrop for this little drama developing with such charming flourishes of half-comprehension (Horvath), irony (O'Brien), and comic coups d'art (Rice) is the larger drama of Representative Pete Hoekstra's wholly uncomprehending, utterly unironic and yet still-in-spite-of-itseif comic attempt to clobber the NEA with the unwilling body of poor FC2, acronymic avant garde, whose corpus--after all
Though the 1990s have a way of turning Greeks into geeks when melding mythology with technology, this new acronymic force, Anchorage Transparent LAN Access Service (ATLAS) might best be remembered for its strength in holding the Anchorage Telephone Utility up with its competitors as telecommunications heads into the next millennium.