Wordy Wednesday: Abecedism

This week’s unusual word is one that’s not really used in writing, but rather describes how a word is made.

The word is:


According to the Phrontistery, Abecedism is a “word created from the initials of words in a phrase.”

Wordnik defines it as “An initialism.”

Basically, it’s when you take the beginning letters of a phrase and use them to create new words.

Common examples of Abecedism include:download

  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
  • Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)
  • Beginners All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code (BASIC)
  • North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)
  • Random Access Memory (RAM)
  • Those Elite Future Levers Of Nonsense (TEFLON)

I made that last one up to show you how easy creating an Abecedism is. Now, take this knowledge and use it for good!

The photo was taken from NASA’s Website.


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