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Acronyms are often taught as mnemonic devices, for example in physics the colors of the visible spectrum are said to be "ROY G.
BIV" ("red-orange-yellow-green-blue-indigo-violet"). They are also used as mental checklists, for example in aviation: "GUMPS", which is "gas-undercarriage-mixture-propeller-seatbelts".
Other examples of mnemonic acronyms are "CAN SLIM", and "PAVPANIC" as well as "PEMDAS".
It is not uncommon for acronyms to be cited in a kind of false etymology, called a folk etymology, for a word.
For example, "cop" is commonly cited as being derived, it is presumed, from "constable on patrol", With some of these specious expansions, the "belief" that the etymology is acronymic has clearly been tongue-in-cheek among many citers, as with "gentlemen only, ladies forbidden" for "golf", although many other (more credulous) people have uncritically taken it for fact. In the case of most acronyms, each letter is an abbreviation of a separate word and, in theory, should get its own termination mark.
As literacy rates rose, and as advances in science and technology brought with them a constant stream of new (and sometimes more complex) terms and concepts, the practice of abbreviating terms became increasingly convenient. To fit messages into the 160-character SMS limit, and to save time, acronyms such as "GF" ("girlfriend"), "LOL" ("laughing out loud"), and "DL" ("download" or "down low") have become popular.
The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) records the first printed use of the word initialism as occurring in 1899, but it did not come into general use until 1965, well after acronym had become common. Some prescriptivists disdain texting acronyms and abbreviations as decreasing clarity, or as failure to use "pure" or "proper" English.
There are no universal standards for the multiple names for such abbreviations or for their orthographic styling.
Acronyms result from a word formation process known as blending, in which parts of two or more words are combined to form a new word.