Acronyms are abbreviations that spell out pronounceable words: NATO, UNICEF, EXCEL. Periods are generally not used in acronyms. If it is not a commonly used acronym, spell out the entire name on first reference and put the acronym in parentheses on first reference: Eastern Standard Time (EST), DEA.

If a commonly used acronym, put full name in parentheses on first reference. Some acronyms don’t have a spelled-out version.

See also: abbreviations and degrees.

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