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Abbreviation formed from the initial letter of each word or selected words in a phrase (e.g., CPK).
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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.
In the 1830s, in New England, there was a craze for initialisms, in the manner of FYI, PDQ, aka, and TGIF, so popular today.
SCAMPER suggests approaches to spur creative thinking--the name is an initialism for the system's seven activities: substitute, combine, adapt, modify, purpose (or, rather, repurpose), eliminate, reverse.
If you ever wondered about the initialism in "Mayberry RFD," that was a postal designation: "rural free delivery.
Spain (and presumably Italy) were already presented with a way to access emergency help from the European Central Bank in August and September, when Bank President Mario Draghi introduced a new initialism to deal with Europe's cash crunch, the OMT.
These Bantustans, known collectively by the initialism TBVC (Transkei, Bophuthatswana, Venda, and Ciskei), each had their own military forces.
You knew that an acronym is an abbreviation that can be pronounced (your PIN), but did you know that the abbreviation you cannot pronounce is called an initialism (the ATM at which you use your PIN)?
Malcolm and Angus Young developed the idea for the band's name after seeing the initialism "AC/DC" on a vacuum cleaner.
But this initialism means something far more sinister, a favorite topic of derision in the blogosphere: the mainstream media.
This is true even if a trademark owner has not registered its mark--whether it is an entity name, acronym, initialism, or logo--with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
Federation of American Scientists, "Military Acronyms, Initialisms, and Abbreviations," http://www.