Acronyms Practice (page 2)

Updated on Sep 8, 2011

Matching Questions

Match the acronym in the first column with the corresponding definition in the second column.

  1. dinks          a. self-contained underwater breathing apparatus
  2. ISP            b. rapid eye movement
  3. FAQ          c. young urban professional
  4. laser           d. as soon as possible
  5. CD-ROM   e. double income couple, no kids
  6. ASAP         f. compact disk read-only memory
  7. RAM          g. light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation
  8. moped         h. Internet service provider
  9. HTML         i. English as a second language
  10. radar            j. hypertext markup language
  11. scuba          k. modulator/demodulator
  12. LAN             l. random-access memory
  13. REM           m. situation normal all fouled up
  14. yuppie          n. radio detecting and ranging
  15. URL            o. motor pedal
  16. CAT scan    p. local area network
  17. DOS            q. computerized axial tomography scan
  18. ESL              r. disk operating system
  19. modem         s. frequently asked questions
  20. snafu            t. uniform resource locator (World Wide Web address)


In the space provided, write a T if the sentence is true and an F if the sentence is false. If the sentence is false, cross out the misused word and write the correct word from the vocabulary list above it.

  1. _____The operating system used in IBM compatible computers is called DOS.
  2. _____The computerized axial tomography scan one might receive to check for internal injury is a CD-ROM.
  3. _____Double income couples without any children are sometimes referred to as dinks.
  4. _____Before I left for my diving adventure in Indonesia, I purchased some state of the art radar gear.
  5. _____If you want something done quickly, you may ask for it ASAP.
  6. _____At the new planetarium, I saw an amazing laser light show amplified on the ceiling!
  7. _____A yuppie is a person who lives in a city.
  8. _____The LAN section of a user's manual may be of tremendous use if you have questions and are struggling to put something together—a bicycle, for example.
  9. _____My computer is overloaded with so many programs that I probably have to upgrade my HTML.
  10. _____Having the correct URL enabled me to get to the website with ease.

Practice Activities

It is relatively easy (though no piece of cake) to remember what an acronym stands for because the letters that make it up serve as clues. For example, when completing the matching section, you may have quickly associated the acronym ISP with its definition—Internet Service Provider—since the corresponding letters I-S-P probably jumped out at you. The next step in committing these acronyms to your vocabulary repertoire is really understanding what they mean. Try to go beyond simply relying on remembering what each letter stands for.

A suggestion is to check out a website or a trade magazine relating to the subject of the acronym. And just because you may never scuba dive doesn't mean your vocabulary and literacy won't benefit from visiting a scuba website to learn how all the gear is a self-contained underwater breathing apparatus. Flipping through Wired magazine or the Science section of the New York Times might allow you to more deeply, in context, read explications and applications of some of the acronyms relating to science and technology.


Since acronyms shorten a phrase down to one word, use them to be more concise in your writing.

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