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Difference between Acronym and Acronym (with examples)

The difference between an acronym and an acronym is that, although both seek to abbreviate a more complex name, an acronym uses the initial letter of each word or concept, while an acronym randomly uses letters from words to make the abbreviation readable like a word

Below we explain in more detail the differences between the acronym and the acronym.

What is an acronym?

An acronym is a type of acronym, so like an acronym, it seeks to reduce a larger concept to something simpler. An acronym differs from an acronym because the acronym is easier to remember and often replaces the formal or full name.

The number of acronyms is increasing due to the influence of English, their widespread use to identify institutions and even their use in marketing strategies such as:

  • Conagua: National Water Commission, in Mexico
  • INE: National Electoral Institute, in Mexico and Argentina, or National Institute of Statistics, in Chile.
  • Conacyt: National Council of Science and Technology, in Mexico
  • Unesco: comes from the English acronym for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.
  • IKEA: A design and furniture company that uses as an acronym the name of its founder, the city and the farm where he grew up to form a name that is easy to memorize.

What is an acronym?

An acronym is the reduction of the formal name of an organization, company, community or movement by taking the initial of each relevant word in the name such as:

  • LGBT: Movement of struggle for equality movements for lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders;
  • CCTV: Closed Circuit Television which translates into Spanish as “closed circuit television”;
  • CDMX: Mexico City;
  • SCT: Secretary of Communications and Transport in Mexico;
  • MMS: Multimedia Message Service which translates into Spanish as “multimedia message service”;
  • OAS: Organization of American States;
  • WHO: World Health Organization.
Eliza Arias

Technical review by Eliza Arias

Degree in Letters (2007) and magister scientiae in Linguistics (2013) from the University of the Andes (Venezuela).

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