An acronym is a word that is formed from the initial letter (or letters) of other words.

AIDS Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome
AIM American Indian Movement
AMEX American Stock Exchange
ARM Allergy Relief Medicine
ARAMCO Arabian-American Company
ARMCO American Rolling Mill Company
ASH Action on Smoking and Health
ASCAP American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers
ASP Association of Seattle Prostitutes
AWOL Absent Without Leave
CARE Cooperative for American Remittance to EuropeCooperative for American Relief Everywhere
CATS Coalition against Tax Scavengers
CAVU Ceiling and Visibility Unlimited
CENTO Central Treaty Organization
CETA Comprehensive Employment and Training Act
CHAOS Cannon Hunters Association of Seattle
CHIPS California Highway Patrol Squad
CILCO Central Illinois Light Company
CLEP College Level Examination Program
COPE Center for Public Encounters (for people with agoraphobia)
COGS College of Government Services
CORE Congress of Racial Equality
COYOTE Cast Off Your Old Tired Emotions (prostitutes)
DARE Direct Action for Rehabilitation and Employment
DATA Dial A Teacher Assistance
DOPE Disease Oriented Physician Education
EARS East Area Rapist Surveillance (Sacramento, 1977)
ERDA Economic Research and Development Association
FIAR Fatal Accident Incidence Reduction
FLES Foreign Language in Elementary Schools
GASP Group Against Smokers' Pollution
HA Henson Associates (the Muppets)
HOPE Help and Opportunity for People Everywhere
HUD Housing and Urban Development, U.S. Dept. of
HURRAH Help Us Reach and Rehabilitate America's Handicapped
IDA Illinois (Housing) Development Agency
IHOP International House of Pancakes
LASER Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation
LILCO Long Island Light Company
MAD Mutual Assured Destruction (nuclear stalemate)
MADD Mothers Against Drunk Driving
MASH Mobile Army Surgical Hospital
NABISCO National Biscuit Company
NASA National Aeronautics and Space Administration
NATO North Atlantic Treaty Organization
NAZI National Sozialist
NORML National Organization for Reform of Marihuana Laws
NOW National Organization of Women negotiable order of withdrawal (bank account)
OPEC Oil and Petroleum Export Countries
PIN Personal Identification Number
PSAT Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test
PUSH People United to Save Humanity
SAC Strategic Air Command
SALT Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty
SCUBA Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus
SHAME Society to Humiliate, Mortify, and Embarrass (Smokers)
SHAPE Supreme Headquarters, Allied Powers in Europe
SOAR Save Our American Resources
SONAR Sound Navigation Ranging
STEP Student Exchange Program (Georgetown University)
TOPS Take Off Pounds Sensible
UNESCO United Nations Education, Science, and Cultural Organization
UNICEF United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund
$ = US United States
VISTA Volunteers In Service To America
WAC Women's Army Corps
WATS Wide Area Telecommunications Service
WASP White Anglo-Saxon Protestant
WAVES Women Appointed for Volunteer Emergency Service
WIN Whip Inflation Now
ZIP Zoning Improvement Plan (zipcode)

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