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    Red face can't remember!!

    I can't remember the name of the word that is used to describe when the first letter of a sequence of words is lumped together to shorten the name of a group or organization,etc.. as in UNICEF, or FEMA. Can you please refresh my memory??

    Thank you so much.


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    Re: can't remember!!

    Acronym might do ..

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    Re: can't remember!!

    Quote Originally Posted by CHOMAT View Post
    Acronym might do ..
    Yes, if an abbreviation is read as a word it is an acronym. Unfortunately nowadays some people refer to any kind of abbreviation as acronym. Acronyms are often used in advertising because they are easier to remember and might evoke associations as with AIDS and the associations with the English verb or noun "aid: help".

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