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  1. Jul 2020
    1. One representative example, from the U.S. Navy, is "COMCRUDESPAC", which stands for "commander, cruisers destroyers Pacific"; it is also seen as "ComCruDesPac"

      ComCruDesPac is much preferrable. Just like I prefer CoViD-19 over COVID-19, so you can actually visually see the 3 words that the acronym is built from.

    2. An acronym is a word or name formed from the initial components of a longer name or phrase, usually using individual initial letters, as in NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) or EU (European Union), but sometimes using syllables, as in Benelux (Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg), or a mixture of the two, as in radar (RAdio Detection And Ranging)
    1. Note that the word acronym is also sometimes used to mean "initialism."

      In fact, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acronym says:

      The broader sense of acronym inclusive of terms pronounced as the individual letters (such as "TNT") is sometimes criticized, but it is the term's original meaning[1] and is in common use

    2. ASAP, however, also qualifies as an acronym because it is made up of the initial letters of the phrase it comes from: as soon as possible.

      Isn't this also/instead an initialism because we pronounce it by saying the letters ASAP?

    3. Both acronyms and initialisms are made up of the first letter or letters of the words in a phrase.
    4. What is the difference between an acronym and an initialism?
    5. Both acronyms and initialisms are made up of the first letter or letters of the words in a phrase. The word acronym typically applies when the resulting thing can be read as a word; for example, radar comes from "radio detection and ranging" and scuba comes from "self-contained underwater breathing apparatus."
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