30 Acronym Examples You Should Know

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Acronym Examples:

An acronym is a word that is formed from the first letters of other words and then spoken as a separate word. Acronyms, like abbreviations and initialisms, are used to shorten lengthy words and speed up communication.

AM/PMAbbreviations for “ante meridiem” and “post meridiem”
ASAPAs soon as possible
BOGOBuy one, get one
BOPUSBuy online, pick up in store
ICYMIAn abbreviation meaning “in case you missed it”
FOMOFear of missing out
FWIWAn abbreviation meaning “for what it’s worth”
LASERLight amplification by stimulated emission of radiation
Ms.Commonly considered an abbreviation for “miss,” but technically it’s not an abbreviation for anything. The period is there to indicate that it’s a valid title for adults to use.
P.S.An abbreviation for “postscript”
PINPersonal identification number
RADARRadio detecting and ranging
RIPRest in peace (this can also be an initialism, as some people say “r” “i” “p”)
SCUBASelf-contained underwater breathing apparatus
SMARTSpecific, measurable, attainable, realistic, time-bound (commonly used when setting goals)
SNAFUSituation normal, all fouled up
SOHCAHTOAAcronym used in mathematics to remember the trigonometric functions sine, cosine, and tangent.
SONARSound navigation and ranging
SOSCommonly assumed to stand for “save our ship”, but technically, the international distress signal doesn’t stand for anything
TASERTom A. Swift Electric Rifle
VINVehicle identification number
WD-40Water Displacement, 40th formula
YOLOYou only live once
ZIPZone improvement plan
GIFGraphics Interchange Format
JPEGJoint Photographic Experts Group
JSONJavaScript Object Notation
PNGPortable Network Graphics
RAMRandom Access Memory
SIMSubscriber Identity Module (as in a SIM card)

Also Read – Vocabulary differences between British and American English

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