Thursday, March 22, 2007

Acronym Finder

As both students and practitioners well know, the fields of law and government bristle with acronyms. When you need to discover the meaning of one of these enigmatic arrays of letters, try Acronym Finder, one of the largest and most comprehensive online dictionaries of acronyms, abbreviations, and initialisms. Simply type whatever it is that you seek to decipher into the search box, and click “find”.

By the way, contrary to popular misunderstanding, not every set of initial letters is an acronym. Acronyms are arrays of letters standing for other words that can themselves be pronounced as a word. For example, “MADD” (“Mothers Against Drunk Driving”) is an acronym, because it can be pronounced as a word (“mad). “FBI”, on the other hand, is an initialism, because it is pronounced by its component letters,“Eff-Bee-Eye”, and not as a word (“Fibbee”).

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

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