Should Acronym Be Capitalized?

Acronyms, abbreviations in which each letter is the first letter of a word in a phrase, are customarily capitalized.

A growing convention, which I first came across in Robert Bringhurst’s The Elements of Typographic Style, dictates that if an acronym is pronounced as a word, then it should not be written in all caps.

Should the word acronym be capitalized?

The word following the abbreviation should lowercase unless it is a proper noun or another acronym. Do not capitalize the words from which an acronym is derived.

Are acronyms proper nouns?

That is, they wrongly believe that simply because a particular phrase is commonly represented by an acronym, the phrase itself is a proper name and therefore must be capitalized. However, it is also a fact that many acronyms do not stand for proper nouns and thus are never to be capitalized in their written-out forms.

Is of capitalized?

“Short” words-those with less than five letters-are lowercase in titles unless they are the first or last words. Generally, we do not capitalize: Articles – a, an, the. Coordinating Conjunctions (fewer than five letters) – and, but, or, for, nor, etc.

Should ASAP be in capital letters?

Because acronyms are said as distinct words, they are usually (but not always) written without periods. In some cases, the acronym has become so common that the letters aren’t even capitalized anymore. (acronym or initialism of “As Soon As Possible”; also often written as ASAP, asap, and a.s.a.p.)