Acronym - WMD is one, representing weapons of mass destruction. VP for vice president. Correct?
Initials - JFK is John F. Kennedy. Name only?
Abbreviation - CA for california, Penn for pennsylvania. Correct?
1. Is USMC, United States Marine Corps, an acronym or abbreviation?
2. vs. for versus; e.g. for for example and i.e. for that is. What are these? The last two are Latin, but are they abbreviation? These are almost like A.M. and P.M. for morning and afernoon.
the Latin expressions for that is and for exampleOriginally Posted by Francois
Or ie: and eg:
My questions are, what is the difference between an abbreviation and an acronym? Are initials acronym or abbreviation? Is USMC an acronym, abbreviation or initials?Originally Posted by Red5
Three replies and nobody has answered your questions yet.Originally Posted by bmo
Sorry, but I'm too tired to do it tonight. I'll try to do it tomorrow if nobody beats me to it. :wink:
Good night to all. (Is there a yawning smiley?)
Just found out I can't go to bed anyway. Have to wait up for somebody, so decided I might as well try to answer your questions. :)Originally Posted by bmo
They are very good questions indeed. I can't think straight when I'm tired, but I found this on the net. See if it helps. Will talk to you again tomorrow.
What is an ACRONYM?
According to Merriam-Webster's Collegiate dictionary, an acronym is:
a word (such as NATO, radar, or snafu) formed from the initial letter or letters of each of the successive parts or major parts of a compound term.
For example, take the first letter of each word in North Atlantic Treaty Organization and we get the acronym NATO. (NATO could also be called an initialism, more on that later.)
Since acronyms are called words, their meanings are called definitions. The acronym NATO has the definition North Atlantic Treaty Organization.
Not all acronyms form pronounceable words. SVP is an acronym that is not pronounceable, instead each letter is spoken.
Some acronyms are formed from the first few letters of a word, instead of just the first letter. For example, the acronym MILCON has the definition Military Construction. The first three letters of each word are used to form the acronym instead of just the first letter.
There is also a class of acronyms called initialisms. Initialisms are acronyms formed by the initial letters of each word. For example, IBM is an initialism for International Business Machines. All initialisms are acronyms, but not all acronyms are initialisms.
Submitted by: Robert Fogt
And we have our own, home grown definitions here...
Hope that helps.
They are very concise and precise ones. :)Originally Posted by Red5
Red5, may I ask why the 5?
Originally Posted by bmo
Acronym = A word formed from the initial letters of a name or by combining initial letters or parts of a series of words
AWOL = absent without leave
WAC = Women's Army Corps
loran = long-range navigation
radar = radio detecting and ranging
All the acronyms above are pronounced as words. When the letters do not form a word that can be pronounced, the letters are pronounced individually. This is called initialism. (e. g. Y-M-C-A)
Abbreviation = A shortened form of a word or phrase used chiefly in writing to represent the complete form
Mass. = Massachusetts or
Mr. = Mister
Mrs. = Missus
masc. = masculine
Capt. = Captain
A. M. = ante meridiem (among other things)
Initials = The first letter of each word of a person's complete name considered as a unit, as in "bath towels monogrammed with her initials".
JFK = John Fitzgerald Kennedy
FDR = Franklin Delano Roosevelt
J.P. Jones = John Phillip Jones