18 Redundant Abbreviations That You Should Avoid Using Immediately

redundant abbreviations to avoid

Every word you use should uplift your piece of writing. When you use a redundant abbreviation, you are using two or more words that mean the same thing. They add nothing new. It is more of a repetition. The redundant abbreviation can be defined as a phrase containing an acronym plus a word or phrase such that, when the abbreviation is expanded, the phrase would have a redundancy.

‘New Scientist’ writer Stanley Newman created the term “RAS syndrome” in 2001 as analysis for anyone who puts an extra word to the end of common acronyms like “ATM machine” (Automatic Teller Machine machine), making the entire phrase redundant and repetitive. You’ll be amazed how often examples of Repetitive Acronym Syndrome come up.

Here are 18 such redundant phrases that we unknowingly use in our everyday life:

Personal Identification Number (PIN)

personal identification number pin

Liquid Crystal Display (LCD)

liquid crystal display lcd

Portable Document Format (PDF)

portable document format

Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM)

intercontinental ballistic missile icbm

International Standard Book Number (ISBN)

international standard book number isbn

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

graduate record examination gre

Detective Comics (DC)

detective comics dc

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)

vehicle identification number vin

Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC)

organization of petroleum exporting countries

Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)

scholastic aptitude test sat

Universal Product Code (UPC)

universal product code upc

Grand Old Party (GOP)

grand old party gop

Very Important Person (VIP)

very important person vip

Automated Teller Machine (ATM)

automated teller machine atm

Central News Network (CNN)

central news network cnn

Alternating Current/Direct Current (AC/DC)

alternating current direct current acdc

Demilitarized Zone (DMZ)

demilitarized zone dmz

Réspondez S’il Vous Plaît (RSVP)

respondez sil vous plait rsvp

A redundant abbreviation isn’t the planet’s most serious problem. But you should always know what an acronym stands for before using it.

Do you know of you any other redundant acronyms? If you do, please share it with us in the comment section.

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