Pronunciation-dependent style and case edit Some publications choose to capitalize only the first letter of acronyms, reserving all-caps styling for initialisms, writing the pronounced acronyms "Nato" and "Aids" in mixed case, but the initialisms "USA" and "FBI" in all caps. According to Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of English Usage : 2 "A number of commentators. 63 The argument that acronyms should have no different plural form (for example, "If D can stand for disc, it can also stand for discs is in general disregarded because of the practicality in distinguishing singulars and plurals. Retrieved May 19, 2009. 65 Further information: English possessive Case edit All-caps style edit The most common capitalization scheme seen with acronyms is all-uppercase ( all-caps except for those few that have linguistically taken on an identity as regular words, with the acronymous. The extension of such contraction to a pervasive or whimsical degree has been mockingly labeled Aküfi (for Abkürzungsfimmel, strange habit of abbreviating). George Mason University was planning to name their law school the "Antonin Scalia School of Law" ( assol ) in honor of the late Antonin Scalia, only to change it to the "Antonin Scalia Law School" later. Business and industry also are prolific coiners of acronyms. Examples of Aküfi include Vokuhila (for vorne kurz, hinten lang, short in the front, long in the back,.e., a mullet ) and the mocking of Adolf Hitler 's title as Gröfaz ( Größter Feldherr aller Zeiten, "Greatest General of all Times. Keegan (February 21, 1991). "Localization" can be abbreviated "l10n " multilingualization " "m17n and " accessibility " "a11y". Japanese edit Main article: Japanese abbreviated and contracted words The Japanese language makes extensive use of abbreviations, but only some of these are acronyms. For example, some national affiliates of International Business Machines are legally incorporated as "IBM" (for example, "IBM Canada big tits tampere karvainenpillu to avoid translating the full name into local languages. The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Current English (1991 Oxford University Press. I must be growing old. Such pseudo-acronyms may be pronunciation-based, such as "BBQ" ( bee-bee-cue for "barbecue or " K9 " ( kay-nine ) for "canine". Note that pdf and plc are lowercase.