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a word (as NATO, radar, or snafu) formed from the initial letter or letters of each of the successive parts or major parts of a compound term; also : an abbreviation (as FBI) formed from initial letters
Acronym
to attach in any way : ADD, APPEND
Affix
something (as a word) made up or invented
Coinage
used in or characteristic of familiar and informal conversation; also : unacceptably informal
Colloquial
the use of a word sounding somewhat like the one intended but ludicrously wrong in the context
Malapropism
the naming of a thing or action by a vocal imitation of the sound associated with it (as buzz, hiss)
Onomatopoeia
a word, verse, or sentence (as "Able was I ere I saw Elba") or a number (as 1881) that reads the same backward or forward
Palindrome
combining two words to make one word
Portmanteau word
a figure of speech comparing two unlike things that is often introduced by like or as (as in cheeks like roses) -- compare
Simile
a transposition of usually initial sounds of two or more words
Spoonerism