Mainly for Students: An A-Z of acronyms and initialisms

Right across practice, a plethora of acronyms and initialisms are used as shorthand for a range of processes, objects, products, activities and organisations.

No one can be expected to remember them all but this edition of Mainly For Students highlights some of them across the 26 letters of the alphabet.

What they mean

But what is the difference between an acronym and an initialism?

An acronym is an abbreviation pronounced as if it were a word: for example FIFA (pronounced “feefa”) is the acronym adopted worldwide for the Fédération Internationale