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What is the grammatical term for words like NASA, RADAR, SCUBA, SNAFU, NIMBY, etc.?

 

I know that they are abbreviations of the first word of each letter. SCUBA = Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus. But I thought that there is another grammatical term for these words. And, just now, I forgot what the term for words like RADAR and racecar, bob, bib, mom, tot, etc (words that are spelled the same way forwards or backwards).

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7 Responses to “What is the grammatical term for words like NASA, RADAR, SCUBA, SNAFU, NIMBY, etc.?”
  1. richard r says:

    i think it is acronym

  2. Clay M says:

    NASA and such are Acronyms and the others are palindromes.

  3. Omar says:

    SCUBA, RADAR, and NASCAR are Acronyms.

    mom, tot, bob, are palandroms

  4. Debbie R says:

    Acroynm

    Now, do you know what they all stand for?

    NASA – National Aeronautics and Space Administration
    RADAR – RAdio Detection And Ranging
    SCUBA – Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus
    SNAFU – Situation Normal All Fouled Up
    NIMBY – Not In My Back Yard

    Check out: http://acronyms.thefreedictionary.com/NIMBY for more

  5. Maus says:

    Yes, acronyms and palindromes.

  6. biker babe says:

    Acronyms are words created from the initial letter of each of the original words. They are used to shorten the longer descriptions. ie. S/C = self contained U=underwater B= breathing A = apparatus.

    Palindromes are words/sentences which read exactly the same forward as backward. RADAR, Madam I’m Adam,

  7. Eric MP S says:

    they all got it right with acronyms and palindroms, but I just wanted to put out another one
    Laser
    Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation

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