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Wiktionary

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Etymology

initial +‎ -ism

Noun

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Singular
initialism

Plural
initialisms

initialism (plural initialisms)

  1. A term formed from the initial letter or letters of several words or parts of words, but which is itself pronounced letter by letter.
    BBC is an initialism for British Broadcasting Corporation.

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Simple English

An initialism is a word made from the first letters of each word in a phrase. Unlike acronyms, initialisms cannot be spoken as words: they are spoken letter by letter. Examples of initialisms are:

  • DVD - Digital Versatile Disc
  • LOL - Laugh Out Loud
  • BRB - Be Right Back
  • NMHU - Not Much Here, You?
  • GTG/G2G - Got To Go
  • JW - Just Wondering
  • JK - Just Kidding
  • ATM - Automated (or Automatic) Teller Machine

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