S.C.U.B.A. S.N.A.F.U.

When you think of an acronym — such as NASA, RSVP or FOMO — you might think of exactly what you see in the examples we just shared: all capital letters. Or maybe periods come to mind.

While those are obvious markers, there are some acronyms lurking in our vocabulary that look just like regular words, written entirely in lowercase letters. For example, if you were going to try scuba diving this season, you probably wouldn’t write it as “SCUBA” or “S.C.U.B.A.” in your holiday letter.

But “scuba” is actually an acronym for “self-contained underwater breathing apparatus.”

Use two words for "scuba diving" and "scuba diver": "After years of being afraid of the water, they finally conquered the fear by going scuba diving." Fun fact: "Scuba" is an acronym for "self-contained underwater breathing apparatus."

If you do go scuba diving this season, here’s hoping you don’t have a snafu – yet another acronym masquerading as a regular word. “Snafu” originated as military jargon for “situation normal, all fucked up.”

What other examples come to your mind? Comment below and let us know.

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