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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the differences between Abbreviations, Acronyms, and Initialisms?

An ABBREVIATION is a short­ened form of a writ­ten word or phrase used in place of the whole word. Some author­i­ties con­sider acronyms and ini­tialisms to be abbreviations.
An ACRONYM is a word (such as radar or snafu or NASDAQ) formed from the ini­tial let­ter or first few let­ters of a word or a series of words (exam­ple: radar comes from radio detect­ing and ranging).
Acronyms are pro­nounced as com­plete words.
An INITIALISM is an acronym formed from ini­tial let­ters (NYSE, AFL-CIO, NAACP, IRS, SEC).
Initialisms are prou­nounced let­ter by letter.

The pos­ses­sive form of the pro­noun “it” is never writ­ten with an apos­tro­phe, e.g., “Its start date is …” “What is its pro­duc­tion record?” “Look at its nose!”

You only use an apos­tro­phe when com­bin­ing “it is” and “it has,” e.g., “It’s (it is) deli­cious,” or “It’s (it has) been wonderful.”

They form their plural by adding s to the sin­gu­lar or es if the name ends in s, z, ch, sh, or zh, e.g., the Carolinas, Robinsons, Piersons, Judys, Joneses, Savages, Morrises.

For an in-depth discussion, go to Judy’s Editing and Writing page.

A or AN before an H?
“An his­tor­i­cal book” is not idiomatic in American English. Before a pro­nounced h, the indef­i­nite arti­cle should be a. A hotel; a his­tor­i­cal.

Therefore, pre­cede a word begin­ning with a “breathy” “h” with an “a.”