Acronym vs Mnemonic vs Initialism vs Abbreviation
One of the questions we sometimes ponder believe it or not is whether or not the letters or words we have just used to help us remember or shorten complicated phrases are an acronym, mnemonic, initialism or an abbreviation.
One might say does it matter? Well, yes it does, especially when we are teaching.
Lets look at the basic dictionary definitions
An abbreviation formed from the initial letters of other words and pronounced as a word (e.g., ASCII, NASA ).
A device such as a pattern of letters, ideas, or associations that assists in remembering something.
Aiding or designed to aid the memory.
noun: initialism; plural noun: initialisms
An abbreviation consisting of initial letters pronounced separately (e.g., CPU ).
noun: abbreviation; plural noun: abbreviations; noun: abbr.
The conversation on this subject is always long,
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