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  • Writer's pictureMonica Kay Royal

Acronym vs. Initialism

LOL can be either an acronym or an initialism - depending on your style

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This one is a bit weird, but I saw it on an episode of Penn & Teller: Bullsh*t! the other day and it has been stuck in my head


Plus I have been doing a lot of iterative work lately, because agile


🧾 Both of these terms are considered to be abbreviations (a truncated word)


So what is the difference?


An acronym is is made up of parts of the phrase it stands for and is pronounced as a word 🗣


>> NASA, AWOL, RADAR


An initialism is an acronym but it is pronounced as individual letters 🔡


>> DVD, ATM, CPU


What is your style?

Do you say "el-oh-el” or "lawl"

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Happy Learning!!


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