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    Writing Rules: Initialisms

    Thursday, December 31, 2009

    An initialism is similar to an acronym except that the initials are pronounced as individual letters.

    FDA - Food and Drug Administration
    ICC - Interstate Commerce Commission
    SUV - Sport-Utility Vehicle

    Note: Spell out an initialism the first time you use it, followed by its abbreviation in parentheses. Once the initialism has been identified in this way, you may use just the abbreviation.

    (From Write for Business, page 215, and Proofreader's Guide PDF, page 27)