An acronym is a kind of abbreviation. It is a word formed by taking letters from a phrase that is too long to use comfortably.
eg: Laser is an acronym of Light AMplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation
If the letters do not make a word, but are pronounced individually, as in the CIA or the BBC, it can be called an initialism.
|Acronyms and Initialisms||Definition|
|CAH||Community Action Hampshire|
|CPRE||Campaign to Protect Rural England|
|HALC||Hampshire Association of Local Councils|
|HAPTC||Hampshire Association of Parish and Town Councils (old name)|
|HAT||Hampshire Action Teams|
|HCC||Hampshire County Council|
|NFDC||New Forest District Council|
|PCC||Parochial Church Council|
|Portable Document Format|
|RAISE||Regional Action and Involvement South East|
|RFO||Responsible Financial Officer|
|SEERA||South East England Regional Assembly|