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in·i·tial·ism

(i-ni'shăl-izm)
Abbreviation formed from the initial letter of each word or selected words in a phrase (e.g., CPK).
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The rise of Twitter together with the low character limit for Tweets has led to an increasing use of abbreviated words, slang, acronyms and initialisms.
Recent sightings that appear to be more affectations than trendsetters include the lowercase use of o for of in common acronyms and initialisms, such as DoD for Department of Defense and MoMA for New York's Museum of Modern Art.
The Acronyms, Initialisms and Abbreviations Dictionary (AIAD for short, of course) was first published in 1960 and is now in its 14th edition, which was published in 1990.
Most acronyms and initialisms are considered inherently distinctive and registrable on the Principal Register.
Other studio nicknames are initialisms or clippings: WB for Warner Bros.
Federation of American Scientists, "Military Acronyms, Initialisms, and Abbreviations," http://www.
Navigating the reader through ecumenical and liturgical meta-languages is a list of acronyms and initialisms.
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an anagram for Ralph Thomas), Handbook of Fictitious Names (London, 1868); John Edward Haynes followed suit in 1882 with Pseudonyms of Authors, Including Anonyms and Initialisms (New York, 1882); and Samuel Halkett and John Laing in the 1880's, with Dictionary of Anonymous and Pseudonymous English Literature.
they are correctly called initialisms, which AHD4 defines as "n.