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Acronyms can save a lot of time, space and ink

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Abbreviations can come in handy

By Mary Schmuck

It has long fascinated me that many (but not all) languages use but 26 letters to do all our written communicating. Such instills new appreciation of the power of repetition.

We use those just 26 symbols in various combinations to form words, sentences, books and libraries. Some words get shortened into abbreviations (as in those for our 50 U.S. states) and acronyms usually composed of initials of each word in the name.


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