wpuro " stands for " word processor " ( w-do-pu-ro-se-ss ). The requirement of forming a word is what distinguishes an acronym from an abbreviation (or initialism as it is also called). This has become such a problem that it is even evaluated at the level of medical academies such as the American Academy of Dermatology. "report singular:, plural: ; "squad commander masculine:, feminine: ). In addition, the online medium offers yet more aids, such as tooltips, hyperlinks, and rapid search via search engine technology. Use all capitals if an abbreviation is pronounced as the individual letters (an initialism BBC, CEO, US, VAT, etc; if it is an acronym (pronounced as a word) spell out with initial capital, eg Nasa, Nato, Unicef, unless. 38 Some acrostics predate this, however, such as the Restoration witticism arranging the names of some members of Charles II 's Committee for Foreign Affairs to produce the "cabal" ministry. The common words "God" "Jesus" "Christ" and some others, would be abbreviated by their first and last letters, marked with an overline. Examples (keep in mind Hebrew reads right-to-left (for, the United States (for, the Soviet Union (for, Rishon LeZion (for, the school). Contrived acronyms edit Acronyms are sometimes contrived, that is, deliberately designed to be especially apt for the thing being named (by having a dual meaning or by borrowing the positive connotations of an existing word). Few months ago my client said that he needs modern, multi-functional website. Longer examples include chxhcnvn ( Cng hòa X hi ch ngha Vit Nam, Socialist Republic of Vietnam ) and mtdtgpmnvn ( Mt trn Dân tc Gii phóng min Nam Vit Nam, Viet Cong ). In the case of Scottish Gaelic, a lower case "h" is often added after the initial consonant; for example, BBC Scotland in the genitive case would be written as BhBC Alba, with the acronym pronounced VBC. 12: "a word, usually pronounced as such, formed from the initial letters of other words (e.g. For example, the style of some American publications, including the Atlantic Monthly and USA Today, is to use small caps for acronyms longer than three letters citation needed ; thus "U.S." and " FDR " in normal caps, but "nato" in small caps.