1. starrylady07

    starrylady07 Senior Member

    English - United States, Spanish - Mexic
  2. gengo

    gengo Senior Member

    Here is a better definition:

    An orphan initialism is an initialism that referred to a fully spelled-out name in the past, but (at least officially) it no longer does. For example, AOL once stood for America Online, but now the name is simply "AOL". Or WWE, which once stood for World Wrestling Entertainment, became simply "WWE, Inc.". These are sometimes referred to as orphan acronyms or empty initialisms.

    Therefore, it is an "orphan" because it has lost its "parent." Literally, this would be something like acrónimo huérfano. The English term is not well known among native speakers, so don't be put off by that translation just because you've never heard it.

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