Abbreviations are shortened forms of words or phrases. Initials are the first letters of words in a phrase. Acronyms are abbreviations made of the first letters of each word in a phrase or organization name.
Abbreviations, Initials, Acronyms, and Organizations
Abbreviation: A shortened form of a word or phrase. Initials: The first letter of each word in a phrase. Acronym: An abbreviation made from the first letters of each word in a phrase or title, which is pronounced as a word.
The United Nations was previously known as the League of Nations, which was founded in 1919 after World War I. The acronym for the Organization of African Unity is OAU. It was founded in 1963. The initials for the World Health Organization are WHO. It was established in 1948.
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Question: What is the difference between an abbreviation, an initial, an acronym, and an organization? Clues: • An abbreviation is a shortened form of a word or phrase. • An initial is the first letter of a word. • An acronym is a word formed from the first letter of each word in a phrase or title. In pairs: Select and solve one of the tasks: A. In pairs, make a chart that explains the differences between an abbreviation, an initial, an acronym, and an organization. B. In pairs, draw a diagram that illustrates the differences between an abbreviation, an initial, an acronym, and an organization.
What does the abbreviation 'NASA' stand for?
- North American Soccer Association
- National Aeronautics and Space Administration
- National Association of Student Athletes
What do the initials 'UNICEF' represent?
- United National Institute for Child Education and Family
- United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund
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What organization is responsible for regulating international soccer?
What does the acronym 'DNA' stand for?
- Department of Natural Affairs
- Deoxyribonucleic Acid
- Digital Network Architecture
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- All of them
Synonyms: words with similar meanings (e.g. sad and gloomy) Antonyms: words with opposite meanings (e.g. happy and sad) Homonyms: words that sound the same but have different meanings (e.g. bat the animal and bat the sports equipment)
The Greek words 'syn' (meaning 'together') and 'onym' (meaning 'name') make up the word 'synonym'. The Greek words 'anti' (meaning 'against') and 'onym' (meaning 'name') make up the word 'antonym'. The Greek words 'homo' (meaning 'same') and 'onym' (meaning 'name') make up the word 'homonym'.
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