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    Abbreviation?

    As this seems a highly literate crowd, I thought that, perhaps, someone could tell me for what does FNG stand? I'm sure its innocuous. When, however, I was in the Army many years ago and spending some time in an exotic far eastern country, FNG meant f...ing new guy. Is it correct to assume it still means the same even here? I cannot think of or wrap whats left of my mind around any other meaning. Rather like, along with 40 others in the class, being unable to come up with a medical variant for SOB. Thanks for the enlightenment.

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    I think you had it right with f...ing new guy.

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    Those aren't abbreviations. Those are acronyms.
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    It's an abbreviation. "Acromym" means that the letters form a word...that you can pronounce. As: light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation ==> laser, or radio detection and ranging ==> radar

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    Quote Originally Posted by deraltekluge View Post
    It's an abbreviation. "Acromym" means that the letters form a word...that you can pronounce. As: light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation ==> laser, or radio detection and ranging ==> radar
    They're all abbreviations. Acronym is generally used to refer to such terms, whether or not they're pronounceable in their final forms, but if you want to be more specific, acronyms are pronounceable, while initialisms are spelled out.

    From Wikipedia:
    While the word abbreviation refers to any shortened form of a word or a phrase, some have used initialism or alphabetism to refer to an abbreviation formed simply from a string of initials. In 1943, Bell Laboratories coined the term acronym as the name for a word (such as SONAR) created from the first letters of each word in a series of words (such as SOund Navigation And Ranging).[1] The terms initialism and alphabetism are neither widely used nor widely known. The term acronym is widely used to describe any abbreviation formed from initial letters.[2]

    Most dictionaries define acronym to mean "a word" in its original sense,[3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10] while some include a secondary indication of usage, attributing to acronym the same meaning as that of initialism.[11][12][13] According to the primary definition found in most dictionaries, examples of acronyms would include NATO (pronounced /ˈneɪtoʊ/), scuba (/ˈskuːbə/, self-contained underwater breathing apparatus), and radar (/ˈreɪdɑr/, radio detection and ranging), while examples of simple abbreviations (initialisms) would include FBI (/ˌɛfˌbiːˈaɪ/) and HTML (/ˌeɪtʃˌtiːˌɛmˈɛl/).[7][12][14]
    So in short... it's complicated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wordbiker View Post
    Frickin nerdy geeks.
    Contraction.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deraltekluge View Post
    It's an abbreviation. "Acromym" means that the letters form a word...that you can pronounce. As: light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation ==> laser, or radio detection and ranging ==> radar
    Yeah, no s**t Sherlock... did you click on the link?

    The site is to "Find out what any acronym, abbreviation, or initialis stands for"
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    Isn't there a more reputable source than Wikipedia? Acronyms and abbreviations are not the same thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wordbiker View Post
    Frickin nerdy geeks.
    Quote Originally Posted by deraltekluge View Post
    It's an abbreviation. "Acromym" means that the letters form a word...that you can pronounce. As: light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation ==> laser, or radio detection and ranging ==> radar
    I'm smelling a movie reference here somewhere...




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    uh oh. Now we have Acromyms in the mix too.

    Isn't FNG a word in the Vietnamese language, or possibly Laotian?
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    Quote Originally Posted by rck View Post
    As this seems a highly literate crowd, I thought that, perhaps, someone could tell me for what does FNG stand? I'm sure its innocuous. When, however, I was in the Army many years ago and spending some time in an exotic far eastern country, FNG meant f...ing new guy. Is it correct to assume it still means the same even here? I cannot think of or wrap whats left of my mind around any other meaning. Rather like, along with 40 others in the class, being unable to come up with a medical variant for SOB. Thanks for the enlightenment.
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    This thread reminded me of the guy who didn't understand what the abbreviation stood for when I wrote down my job title on some form as: Mfg. Eng.
    I'm a Manufacturing Engineer. Although, on days when I'm feeling particularly badass I'll accept his suggestion of "What is that? Mutha(expletive)ing Engineering?"
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