Why Do We Use Acronyms and Abbreviations?
An abbreviation is the shortened form of a word while an acronym is a word formed from the first letter of each word in a sentence. The main reason we use abbreviations and acronyms is for convenience. The use of long names for government agencies, science and technology have led to the demand for simple or short title, i.e. ESOL comes for English for speakers of other languages
Some companies use abbreviations or acronyms in an attempt to retain their corporate identity, i.e. CAVSI is the acronym for Computer Audio Video Systems Integrator; another example is the word IKEA which means Ingvar Kamprad Elmtaryd Agunnaryd.
Abbreviations also help in international business, such as IBM (International Business Machines) identifies its overseas operations, placing the word IBM and the country or region in which the branch is located, such as IBM France.