Copythorne Parish Council for the communities of • Bartley • Cadnam • Copythorne • Newbridge • Ower • Winsor

Acronyms and Initialisms

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
PDF Portable Document Format
RAISE Regional Action and Involvement South East
RFO Responsible Financial Officer
SEERA South East England Regional Assembly



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