Acronyms are words formed from the initial letters of other words and pronounced as they are spelled, not as separate letters. Examples include:
|Aids||acquired immune deficiency syndrome|
|NATO||North Atlantic Treaty Organization|
|UNESCO||United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization|
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- Most acronyms can be written as capital letters or with only an initial capital letter.
- Some acronyms are so established that they are now ‘normal’ words, generally used without conscious awareness of their original full form. These words should be written in lower-case letters. Examples include:
light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation
radio detection and ranging
quasi-autonomous non-governmental organization
self-contained underwater breathing apparatus
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