Acronym vs. Abbreviation


A word formed from the initial letter or letters of each of the successive parts or major parts of a compound term which can be pronounced as a word, as in NATO, radar, or laser. Acronym is a part of abbreviation.



A shortened form of a written word or phrase used in place of the whole. For example, abbr (abbreviation), adj (adjective), tech (technical).


1000950_639250159427311_1940220842_nIn English, Medicinae Doctor abbreviated as M.D. is the title for doctors. There are many English abbreviations rooted from Latin, for examples etc., eg., ie. Just so you know etc. is the short for et cetera, meaning ‘and other things’ or ‘and so on’. People often write this abbreviation the wrong way. They write etc. as ect. For God’s sake! Get it right, people! 😀

eg. stands for exempli gratia, meaning ‘for example’ and ie. stands for id est, meaning ‘in other words’ or ‘that is’. These two abbreviations are often confused because they are both used to introduce some clarifications of something previously mentioned.

Compare these sentences:

• The buffet provided excellent variety, eg., (for example) vegetarian, non-vegetarian soups, Italian, French breads, and numerous deserts.

• Service charge is included in all prices, ie., (in other words) you don’t have to leave a tip.

There’s one acronym that I found annoying; YOLO. It’s the short for You Live Only Once. I don’t know why; I just hate it! 😀


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