Puzzling Acronyms

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Acronyms are abbreviations created from the first letters of words and are themselves pronounced as words. This differentiates them from Initialism which are pronounced letter by letter (e.g. BBC). Acronyms were established in 1940 and gained popularity in the 21st century.

EBITDA
Earnings Before Interest, Tax, Depreciation, and Amortization

NATO
North Atlantic Treaty Organization

LASER
Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation

GIF
Graphics Interchange Format

Preparation for GIF animation

ASAP
As Soon As Possible

SIM (card)
Subscriber Identification Module

SCUBA diving
Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus

CAPTCHA
Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart

ZIP code
Zone Improvement Plan

SEO 
Search Engine Optimization

LOL
Laugh Out Loud

LAN
Local-Area Network

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