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FOMO

The acronym FOMO has been in use since the turn of the twenty-first century. An acronym is an abbreviation that is formed by taking the initial letters of the words in a phrase and creating a new word that is pronounceable. We will examine the meaning of the term FOMO, where it came from and some examples of its use in sentences. FOMO is an acronym that stands for the phrase fear of missing out. It has been in steady use since the early 2000s, its popularity fueled by the internet. Someone … [Read more...]

AMBER alert

AMBER alert is primarily an American, Canadian and Australian term, though the idea has also been implemented in many countries. We will examine the meaning of the term AMBER alert, where it came from and some examples of its use in sentences. An AMBER alert is an emergency response bulletin that is issued to the public when a child goes missing and is presumed to be in danger. Most often, an AMBER alert is issued in the case of a suspected abduction, whether by a relative or a stranger. … [Read more...]

IMHO

IMHO is an acronym with its roots in a commonly used phrase. An acronym is an abbreviation that is formed by taking the initial letters of the words in a phrase and creating a new word that is pronounceable. We will examine the definition of the term IMHO, where it came from and some examples of its use in sentences. IMHO stands for in my humble opinion. Though some mistakenly believe IMHO may stand for in my honest opinion, we know that the correct phrase is in my humble opinion because the … [Read more...]

YOLO

YOLO is an acronym based on an aphorism. An acronym is an abbreviation that is formed by taking the initial letters of the words in a phrase and creating a new word that is pronounceable. An aphorism is a short, common saying that shares a universal truth. We will examine the meaning of the term YOLO, where it came from and some examples of its use in sentences. YOLO is an acronym that stands for you only live once. The term YOLO is often invoked when someone is about to take part in reckless … [Read more...]

STEM

STEM is an acronym first coined in the 1990s in the United States. An acronym is an abbreviation that is formed by taking the initial letters of the words in a phrase and creating a new word that is pronounceable. We will examine the meaning of the term STEM, where it came from and some examples of its use in sentences. STEM is an acronym for the words Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics. The term is primarily used to discuss education and academics, as well as the workforce. The … [Read more...]

WWJD

WWJD is an acronym with an origin story that is older than than you may think. An acronym is a word made up of the first letter of each word in a phrase. We will look at the meaning of the term WWJD, where it came from and some examples of its use in sentences. WWJD is an acronym for What Would Jesus Do. This sentiment is an admonition to make decisions and live one's life in the same way that Jesus Christ would. The phrase What Would Jesus Do was coined by Reverand Charles Sheldon, a … [Read more...]

a.k.a. or aka

The terms a.k.a. and aka mean the same thing, but one spelling has become more popular than the other. We will look at the meaning of the terms a.k.a. and aka, where they come from, and some examples of their use in sentences. The terms a.k.a. and aka are acronyms for the phrase also known as. Most often used to describe a person's aliases, pseudonyms or nicknames, a.k.a. and aka may also be used when describing another name for a place or object. This is an interesting example of the … [Read more...]

p.d.q.

The term p.d.q. is an acronym that is more often spoken than written. When written, p.d.q. is most often seen in informal communications such as emails and memos. We'll look at what the acronym p.d.q. means and where it came from, as well as a few examples of its use. The acronym p.d.q. stands for the phrase pretty damn quick. The term p.d.q. originated in America during the 1870s, a time when many abbreviations of words and phrases were coined. The term p.d.q. can be traced to a play penned … [Read more...]

AWOL

AWOL is an acronym for absent without official leave. AWOL is a military term that is used to designate a soldier who is absent from his post or duty without permission, but is not considered a deserter. AWOL may also be used figuratively to describe anyone who is not physically in a place where he is expected to be. The term AWOL is first seen around 1920, though the idea of a soldier being absent without leave is much older. AWOL is an American term. Though sometimes seen with periods as in … [Read more...]

RSVP

RSVP is an acronym used in invitations to let the recipient know that a reply is requested. RSVP stands for the French phrase répondez s'il vous plaît which translates as respond if it pleases you. Naturally, the host who is issuing the invitation would like to know how many guests will attend his event in order to provide adequate entertainment and refreshments. The phrase répondez s'il vous plaît migrated to England in the 1700s, in time the acronym RSVP was sufficient to communicate that the … [Read more...]

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