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:
- 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.