ad - advertisement
fridge - refrigerator
phone - telephone
But did you know that there are other types of abbreviations? It's true. There are acronyms and initialisms. The difference between the two is really simple.
Acronym - this is an abbreviation pronounced like a word formed from the first letter of a series of words. Articles are usually dropped. Sometimes more than the initial letters are used to form the new word.
NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration
AIDS - Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome
Some businesses have initial-letter upper-case, and everything else lower-case.
Alcan - Aluminum Company of Canada
Nortel - Northern Telecom Ltd.
Initialism - this is an abbreviation that is not pronounced like a word formed from the first letter . Each letter is said individually. The letters are always upper-case.
CBC - Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
RCMP - Royal Mounted Canadian Police
FBI - Federal Bureau of Investigation
OMG - Oh my God
So from the introduction picture, what type of abbreviation do you think ROFLMAO falls under?
Is it an acronym? Is it an initialism? Ask yourself if you can pronounce it as a word and you'll have your answer!