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Many of you must have thought that an abbreviation and an acronym are one and the same. No, they are not. An abbreviation is different from an acronym, however both are used to create short forms for lengthy phrase to keep it simple and easy to remember.

An acronym is formed usually by using first letters to form a single word. An abbreviation is formed by the same process but it doesn’t form a word, it makes us to just spell out the letters for e.g ICICI is an abbreviation whereas PAN (which sound like a word) is an acronym.

There are many abbreviations and acronym we use in our day to day life. Some of them are used so frequently that most of us don’t know that those words are actually an acronym or abbreviation. So, here are some initialism we use everyday without knowing their full forms.

Some Acronyms

VIRUS

Vital Information Resources Under Siege VIRUS full form

Vital Information Resources Under Siege

Around 6000 new viruses are created every month. Amazon.com was the most exploited target for phishing attacks, followed by Apple and eBay. The most expensive computer virus was MyDoom which caused $38 billion of damages.

PAN

Permanent Account Number PAN full form

PAN Permanent Account Number

The first 5 characters are letters, next 4 are numbers and last one is a letter again. The fifth character is the first letter of a person’s surname.

LASER

Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation LASER full form

Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation laser full form

The first laser was built in 1960 by Theodore H. Maiman at California. World’s most powerful laser has the power of a Hydrogen bomb.

SCUBA

Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus SCUBA full form

Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus SCUBA full form

A man named Jacques Cousteau invented the first Scuba gear in 1943, calling it’s cylinder the aqualung.

RADAR

Radio Angle Direction and Range RADAR full form

Radio Angle Direction and Range RADAR full form

The term “RADAR” was coined in 1940 by the United States Navy as an acronym.

NASA

National Aeronautics and Space Administration NASA full form

National Aeronautics and Space Administration NASA full form

Just in case life is found on some other planet, NASA actually has an Office of Planetary Protection. WOW!

YES Bank

Youth Enterprise Scheme YES Bank full form

Youth Enterprise Scheme YES Bank full form

Confused? You read it right. The “YES” part actually stands for Youth Enterprise Scheme.

Some Abbreviations

i.e.

i.e full form Id Est (That is to say)

i.e full form Id Est (That is to say)

e.g.

e.g full form exempli gratia

e.g full form exempli gratia

It means ‘for the sake of an example’ in Latin.

I.Q.

i.q. Intelligence Quotient full form

i.q. Intelligence Quotient full form

The average I.Q score on intelligence scale is 90-110. People with a score of 130 are considered as gifted.

The I.Q level of Stephen Hawkings was 160 and that of Albert Einstein was between 160-190. The highest recorded I.Q level was that of William James Sidis ranging between 250-300.

P.S.

p.s full form post script

p.s full form post script

At the end of a letter, people will often include a P.S. to include an extra thought that was intended to be included in the letter, but forgotten.

Using a P.S. was more common in typewritten letters, when you couldn’t go back and add a sentence in the body of a letter.

P.T.O

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p.t.o full form Please Turn Over

A.M. / P.M.

a.m / p.m full form

a.m / p.m full form

A.M. stands for “ante meridiem”, which is Latin means “Before Midday”; P.M. stands for “post meridiem”, which is Latin means “After Midday”.

HDFC Bank

hdfc full form Housing Development Finance Corporation

hdfc full form Housing Development Finance Corporation

ICICI Bank

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Industrial Credit and Investment Corporation of India Limited icici bank full form

IDBI Bank

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Industrial Development Bank of India idbi full form

ING Vysya

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International Netherlands Group (ING) ING Vysya full form

A.D.

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A.D full form Anno Domini

Anno Domini means ‘The year of our Lord‘ in Medieval Latin language.

SIM

Sim card full form Subscriber Identity Module

Sim card full form Subscriber Identity Module

The first ever sim card was made in 1991 by Giesecke & Devrient at Munich.

IFSC

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IFSC full form Indian Financial System Code

It is a code used by Reserve Bank of India to identify all the Bank branches within the NEFT (National Electronic Funds Transfer) network uniquely.

Brands

JBL

JBL full form James Bullough Lansing

JBL full form James Bullough Lansing

No! It’s not WWE wrestler ‘John Bradshaw Layfield’. It is an American audio electronics company founded in 1946 by James Bullough Lansing and named after him.

LG

LG full form Lucky Goldstar

LG full form Lucky Goldstar

I am sure this will help you have a smarter conversations with your peers.


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