I am wondering if there are any good examples of acronyms that are not initialisms which contain no vowels.


  • Clarify what you mean by acronym vs initialism? Off the top of my head, a lot of computing standards would qualify: JPG, PNG… – Draconis Nov 5 '17 at 19:24
  • Acronyms & initialisms are both shortened words/phrases (usually nouns/pronouns), but while an initialism has the sound segments pronounced individually (e.g. FBI, NSA), an acronym is the sound segments pronounced as a word or complete meaning segment (e.g. NASA, NATO). JPG might work for my purposes. Thank you! – userJoe Nov 5 '17 at 19:44
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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it's trivia, not linguistics. – curiousdannii Nov 5 '17 at 21:26
  • Excuse me @curiousdannil, contrary to popular belief, your brain chooses to insert vowel segments between obstruents, and phonologists know that these sounds are not randomly chosen. This is not a trivia question, rather, a linguistics one. Best. – userJoe Nov 5 '17 at 22:04

I can think of two examples. One is BP or BPS, which stands for "basis point" or "basis points", used in reference to rate changes in a financial instrument or the difference between two interest rates. They are pronounced, respectively, "bip" and "bips".

The other example is "Tcl", for "Tool Command Language", a scripting language commonly used for rapid prototyping, scripted applications, GUIs, and testing. It is pronounced "tickle" by most users.

I think these examples meet your criteria.


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