Too Many TLA’s? The Difference Between Acronym And Initialism

Too Many TLA’s? The Difference Between Acronym And Initialism

Whether you’re texting a texting teenager, a 9-to-5 office worker, or a government agency TLA’s (Three Letter Acronyms) have fully infiltrated our means of communication. Set your friends and coworkers straight by understanding this often overlooked fact about the TLA.

The term TLA is incorrect. TLA itself isn’t even a TLA. Everything you know is wrong and Pop-Tarts drive toasters to work. Why would they drive a toaster? That’s like the least safe place for a Pop-Tart to be.

The Difference Between Acronym And Initialism 

Both acronym and initialism are terms for taking the first letter of a collection of words to create an abbreviation. The often overlooked difference is that an acronym needs to result in a pronounceableword (RAM, SCUBA, LASER) while an initialism is not pronounced as a word but by saying the individual letters of the abbreviation (OMG, DVD, CIA).

So the next time someone cracks a joke about the overuse of TLA’s set them straight and tell them a Three Letter Acronym isn’t an acronym at all.

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