缩写有幾種常見的形式：1. 截取词的首字母来代表这个词，如 C 代表 carbōnium（碳）；2. 截取词的前几个字母，如 Eng. 代表 England（英格兰）或 English（英语）；3. 分别截取一个词的两个部分的第一个字母，如 cm 代表 centimeter（厘米），TV 代表 television（电视）；4. 截取词的首字母和最後一个字母，如 No. 或 № 代表 numerō（号数）；5. 截取词组中每个主要单词的第一个字母，如 UN 代表 the United Nations（联合国）。
- North Atlantic Treaty Organization → NATO（北大西洋公约组织）
- Organisation du Traité de l'Atlantique Nord → OTAN（法语，同上）
- Laser Interferometer Space Antenna → LISA（激光干涉空间天线）
- Terminal High Altitude Area Defense → THAAD（末段高空区域防御系统，缩写音译为萨德）
- Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg → Benelux（比荷盧三國關稅同盟）
- World Trade Organization → WTO（世界贸易组织）
- National Basketball Association → NBA（美国国家篮球协会）
- Central Intelligence Agency → CIA（美国中央情报局）
- United Kingdom → UK （英国）
- Збройні сили України → ЗСУ（烏克蘭語，烏克蘭武裝部隊）
- Комите́т госуда́рственной безопа́сности → КГБ（俄语，苏联国家安全委员会，缩写音译为克格勃）
- Compact Disc → CD
- abbreviation → abbr. 或 abbrev.
- Doctor → Dr. （美）或 Dr （英）
- Company → Co.
- building → bldg. （美）或 bldg （英）
- Street → St. （英美）（英式英语加有缩写点，为免与Saint（聖人）混淆）
- Road → Rd. （美）或 Rd （英）
- Boulevard → Blvd. （美）或 Blvd （英）
- Verb → V.
- telephone→ phone
- examination → exam
- mathematics → math
- laboratory → lab
- facsimile → fax
- memorandum → memo
- influenza → flu
- Schutzpolizist → Schupo（德语，保护警察）
- Geheime Staats-Polizei → Gestapo（德语，秘密国家警察，缩写音译为蓋世太保）
- Всесоюзный Ленинский Коммунистический Союз Молодёжи → Комсомол（俄语，苏联共青团）
- Коммунистический интернационал → Коминтерн（俄语，共产国际）
- Kriminalpolizei → Kripo（德语，罪案調查警察）。
- Staatssicherheit（意为“国家安全”）→ Stasi（德语，东德的国家安全部，缩写音译为斯塔西）
- Volkspolizist → Vopo（德语，东德人民警察）。
- 北京大学 → 北大
- 掃除文盲 → 掃盲
- 擺脫貧窮 → 脫貧
- 人民警察 → 民警
- 民意代表 → 民代
- 立法委員 → 立委
- 欧洲联盟 → 欧盟
- 东南亚国家联盟 → 东盟
- 苏维埃社会主义共和国联盟 → 苏联
- 中國共產黨 → 中共
- 国際連合 → 国連（日语，联合国）
- 東京大学 → 東大（日语，东京大学）
- 世界观、人生观、价值观 → 三观
- 農業、工業、國防和科學技術的現代化 → 四個現代化、四化
- 始终代表中国先进社会生产力的发展要求、始终代表中国先进文化的前进方向、始终代表中国最广大人民的根本利益 → 三个代表
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acronyms A number of commentators (as Copperud 1970, Janis 1984, Howard 1984) believe that acronyms can be differentiated from other abbreviations in being pronounceable as words. Dictionaries, however, do not make this distinction because writers in general do not:
"The powder metallurgy industry has officially adopted the acronym 'P/M Parts'"—Precision Metal Molding, January 1966.
"Users of the term acronym make no distinction between those pronounced as words ... and those pronounced as a series of characters" —Jean Praninskas, Trade Name Creation, 1968.
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"... the confusion in the Pentagon about abbreviations and acronyms—words formed from the first letters of other words"—Bernard Weinraub, N.Y. Times, 11 December 1978.
Pyles & Algeo 1970 divide acronyms into "initialisms", which consists of initial letters pronounced with the letter names, and "word acronyms", which are pronounced as words. Initialism, an older word than acronym, seems to be too little known to the general public to serve as the customary term standing in contrast with acronym in a narrow sense.
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