NTK* what an acronym stands for? The Acronym Finder is the place to search for abbreviated meanings, IMHO.
The Acronym Finder is a database of over 313,000 acronyms and abbreviations with their definitions.
According to Mike Molloy, who maintains the site, The Acronym Finder contains the web's largest acronyms and abbreviations searchable database.
The database contains acronyms and abbreviations covering just about every imaginable subject that lends itself to jargon. There's also a results refinement tool that lets you narrow down results for common acronyms for subject.
For example, a search for the acronym "AAA" returns 91 results. Depending on what you're looking for, you can reorder the results using the following categories: most common, information technology, military & government, science & medicine, organizations, business & finance, slang & chat or alternative searches.
This makes it easier to differentiate the meaning for "airport airspace analysis" from the "alien adoption agency," for example.
The database contains acronyms in many languages including French, German, Swedish, Spanish, Portuguese and others. It can be searched using wildcards for both acronyms and within meanings, and keywords within meanings.
Molloy says the database is growing very rapidly, with an average of 200 new verified and edited definitions added each day.
You can also have some fun with the Systematic Buzz Phrase Projector, a tool that automatically generates new acronyms from automatically generated buzz phrases (my new acronym: PDC, which stands for Parallel Digital Contingency).
One downside of the Acronym Finder is that you have to put up with the annoying floating ads that obscure pages from time to time and must be closed manually to read what's underneath. But since this comprehensive resource is provided at no charge, these ads are a relatively minor irritant if they help support the site.
* NTK = Need to Know
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