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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-.
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.
The rap and hip-hop divisions of the popular culture alluded to in the acronymic title of Mr Blair's initiative have made poetical and musical demands for respect, usually with veiled or not-so-veiled menaces, a familiar theme among the young people at whom they have been directed.
While multi-director episode films emphasize the marquee value of several auteurs (a point made conspicuous with the acronymic RoGoPaG [1962], which features the individual contributions of Rossellini, Godard, Pasolini, and Gregoretti), they are nevertheless conceptualized as a whole and subsequently put together by producers.
As others have made clear in previous issues, this is almost never true, to the extent that the first rule of etymology is never to believe an acronymic origin unless presented with incontrovertible evidence to the contrary.
The family was Dehaeck, the town was Ypres, and their industrial patisserie production eventually gave rise to the acronymic company name of PIDY--Patisserie Industrielle Dehaeck Ypres.
Having laid most of his poetic peers, including Yeats, symbolically to rest in the acronymic essay 'RIP', Beckett continued in the thirties and beyond to attack both Ireland itself and those authors going through the 'Celtic drill of extraversion'--attacks more often than not crouched in 'bog' imagery (Disjecta, p.
Smiley, the murderer, keeps the sheriffs and other acronymic forces pinned down with an AKA and eventually the house is burned to the ground.
In his keynote address, Dempsey concluded that metadata has a high acronymic density, is a moving target, and has a kaleidoscopic perspective that may fall into a pattern at any minute.
Obviously, any attempt at defending the numerical ratios above entirely misses the point, as does also the current preoccupation with so-called WMD's, or the cold-war acronymic bogey, ABC, for atomic, biological, chemical weaponry.