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An acronym is an abbreviation used as a word which is formed from the initial components in a phrase or a word. Usually these components are individual letters (as in NATO or laser) or parts of words or names (as in Benelux). There are broad currents of consensus but no universal standardization of various names for such abbreviations and of their orthographic styling. In English and most other languages, such abbreviations historically had limited use, but they became much more common in the 20th century. Acronyms are a type of word formation process, and they are viewed as a subtype of blending.

Acronym sections
Intro  Nomenclature  Comparing a few examples of each type  Historical and current use  Orthographic styling  Changes to (or word play on) the expanded meaning  Non-English languages  Extremes  See also  References  External links  

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