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An "acronym" is a label formed from the beginnings of words (Greek: "acro" = "head" and "nym" = "word") - or very rarely, from letters in the middle of words. There is no requirement that an acronym be pronounceable as a normal word (this is a curious myth perpetuated by American dictionaries): IBM is just as much an acronym as LASER.
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An acronym is a label formed from the beginnings of words (Greek: "acro" ["head"] and "nym" ["word"]) - or very rarely, from letters in the middle of words. There is no requirement that an acronym be pronounceable as a normal word (this is a curious myth perpetuated by American dictionaries): "IBM" is just as much an acronym as "LASER".
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We've been collecting acronyms from all over the Internet for the best part of two decades, and soon we're going to be looking for some volunteers to help with editing.
- What's an acronym? - An acronym is a kind of abbreviation. The word comes from Greek, meaning "heads of names". ...
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Verzeichnis englischer Abkürzungen II; Datenbank, in der man die Langform von Abkürzungen nachschlagen kann.
This is the original World Wide Web Acronym Database, which started in 1991 as an email service with an interactive interface on BITNET, and migrated to the Web in 1992 (for details see Network Acronym Server, J. Info. Networking, 1994, vol.2, num.1, p.74).