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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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(4) The appearance of acronymic formations on the scale should hardly be surprising in view of the continuum-of-linguistic-units thesis adopted by Cognitive Grammar (cf.
The prefixes can also be locative prefixes when the acronymic adoptive is used as a locative and the prefixes are e- and ko-.
For one thing, he was continually dismayed by Sharett's high regard for the United Nations, in acronymic Hebrew "Oom," scene of many of his most exhilarating moments and highest accomplishments.
A common acronymic surname is Katz, which stands for Kohein Tzaddik (righteous priest) and explains why many Katzes have Cohen status.
PDT very much apes that other acronymic, PMT: guts ache, headache, muck sweats, rollercoaster moods, yo-yo blood pressure, escalating stress.
For one thing, the arts are handled by the Department of Canadian Heritage (a worrisome situation in itself), which pursues two strategic objectives, known in acronymic bureaucratese as SO1 and SO2.
Offering the acronymic F-A-T-S method of eating and activity, and the P-L-A-N method for changing bad eating and activity habits, how to use a hunger scale to control eating, and how reading food labels can provide one with valuable information about food choices, Teen Nutrition: What's the Big Debate?
Once you have had a chance to take the acronymic measure of your discussion mate, you can turn up the abbrevomania dial to the right volume.
It could just be, however, that I tend to take my acronymic mergers a bit too literally.
Even when the elderly do get some rare attention and support, like when a certain Republican senator from Ohio champions a creative, bipartisan piece of long-term care legislation--with the acronymic moniker "The CLASS Act," of all things--they tragically lose him in the next election.
The vast majority were labourers and becak drivers, many of whom sat in groups identifiable by their sponsored uniforms bearing various functional acronymic logos.
With it comes its own acronymic official licensee: MLB, as represented by Palmeiro.