SignoftheDragon wrote:[snobbery]Carbohydrates wrote:This one's a pet peeve of mine, but luckily for me, it's not an acronym, so I don't have to worry about it!bigsur78 wrote:PUPS Pickups (do people say that here or have I been spending too much time elsewhere?)
Actually, very few of these words are actually true acronyms- I doubt even offsetters would refer to CAR as "car" except when typing, or AVRI as "avrey". In truth, these are mostly just abbreviations or initializations. Acronyms are words made from initials.
Abbreviation - Shortened version of a word, which may or may not be pronounced as a word. i.e. USA, AVRI, LED, etc.
Acronym - A form of abbreviation that is pronounced as a word. i.e. LASER, FUBAR, ChiPs.
99% of the listed abbreviations in the original post are NOT acronyms. Perhaps the thread title should be updated?
Also, I find "PUPS" annoying as well. Why would anyone abbreviate it like that? I use PU or just spell it out.