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* 1st definition in OED is actually for initialism/alphabetism* "2. A word formed from the initial letters of other words or (occas.) from the initial parts of syllables taken from other words, the whole being pronounced as a single word (such as NATO, RADAR)" (Simpson).

Works CitedJones, Paul Anthony. "25 Words that are Actually Acronyms." Mental Floss. 28 Jan. 2015. Web. 9 Oct. 2015.Putz, Manfred. "The Art of Acronym in Thomas Pynchon." Studies in the Novel 23.3 (1991): 371. Academic Search Complete. Web. 8 Oct. 2015.Simpson. J.A., E.S.C. Weiner, and Oxford University Press. The Oxford English Dictionary. 2nd; 2; ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press; Clarendon Press, 1989. Web. 9 Oct. 2015.

*Edgar Allen Poe's creation in "How to Write a Blackwood Article"P.R.E.T.T.Y. B.L.U.E. B.A.T.C.H. = Philadelphia Regular Exchange Tea Total Young Belles Letteres Universal Experimental Bibliographical Association to Civilize Humanity* late 19th century use by businessesNABISCO = NAtional BIScuit COmpany* frequently used in 1940s by U.S. militaryA.W.O.L. = Absent Without Official Leave

* used for wit and irony*Joseph Heller's Catch-22F.O.B. = Free On BoardW.A.C. = Women's Army Corps*Thomas Pynchon makes it an artB.A.A.D. = Black Afro-American DivisionF.E.E.R. = Federal Emergency Evacuation RouteM.Y.S.A.H. = Make Yourself At HomeS.E.Z. W.H.O. = Slothropian Episodic Zone, Weekly Historical Observations

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BASE Jumping = Building, Antenna, Span, or Earth CAPTCHA = Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans ApartCARE package = Cooperative for Assistance and Relief EverywhereGIF - Graphics Interchange FormatHUMVEE actually HMMWV = High-Mobility Multi-purpose Wheeled VehiclePAKISTAN = Punjab, Afghania, Kashmir, Sindh, BaluchistanSCUBA = Self-Contained Underwater Breathing ApparatusSIM card = Subscriber Identification Module cardSNAFU = Situation Normal, All F****d UpZIP code - Zone Improvement Plan



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