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An acronym is a word derived from the initial letters or groups of letters of several other words.
Popular examples are:
Laser, from "(l)ight (a)mplification by (s)timulated (e)mission of (r)adiation", Radar, from "(ra)dio (d)etecting (a)nd (r)anging" or snafu, which should politely be rendered as "(s)ituation (n)ormal, (a)ll (f)ouled (u)p".
The word acronym itself derives from the Greek words akros "the highest, the most outer" and onyma "name".
Please note that acronyms are always pronounced as the spelling indicates.
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