I already have an answer for myself, I just want to see if there are others (besides some misinformed souls I recently discussed this with) that disagree with my (correct ) understanding.
OK, I’ll start with some examples. Would you call words (or whatever you want to call them) like HTTP (Hyper Text Transfer Protocol), LOL (laugh out loud), OMG (oh my god), FTP (File Transfer Protocol), etc. Acronyms or Abbreviations?
(correct answer is acronym of course)
When I think of abbreviation I think of words like ft. (foot), Dr. (Doctor), mil. (military) or something like that.
I think think Zeus defines and points out the confusions quite clearly (click the link to see where the confusions are).
[quote=“Zeus”][url=http://pao.cnmoc.navy.mil/Educate/zeus/teacher/lesson/langart/abbrev.htm]An abbreviation is merely a shortened form of a word or phrase and is created by omitting some of the letters. For example,