“SCUBA” and “OPEC” are acronyms. What is the technical term for abbreviations like “CIA” and “UFO”?

Question by hanthony19: “SCUBA” and “OPEC” are acronyms. What is the technical term for abbreviations like “CIA” and “UFO”?

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Answer by eliestar515
Wouldn’t they be acronyms too?

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  1. Central
    Intelligence
    Agency

    Unidentified
    Flying
    Object

    Self
    Contained
    Underwater
    Breathing
    Aparatus

  2. SCUBA-Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus
    OPEC-Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries
    CIA-Central Intelligence Agency
    UFO-Unidentified Flying Object

    FBI-Federal Bureau of Investigation
    NASA-National Aeronautics and Space Administration

    Anything else?

  3. Wow… If nothing else, the answers to this question really show a lack of reading ability. According to dictionary.com, CIA and UFO are also acronyms in the “jargon” sense of the word. The roots of “acronym” are “acro” meaning tip or point and “nym” meaning name, so it could refer to any string made up of the tips of names. I see the distinction you are trying to make (i.e. scuba is pronounced as a word, while CIA is not), but I don’t know the term you are looking for.

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    Just found it on wikipedia… the word for abbreviations like CIA that are pronounced as their individual letters and not as a word is “initialism.” They are also sometimes called “alphabetisms.” In common usage, though, acronym is acceptable as an umbrella term.

  4. UFO and CIA are considered acronyms as well. People usually think of acronyms as abbreviaations which spell out a word, but that is not always the case.

  5. I think you are looking for the word-“Initials”. We identify the Central Intelligence Agency by thier initials; CIA, and Unidentified Flying Object by its initials, UFO.

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