An Acronym is a set of letters which represents words, for example, "AKA = also known as a list of representative letters.
You may not realise but the average person uses acronyms every day in many simple ways: BRB = Be right back, TTYL = talk to you later, LOL = laugh out loud are just a few well-overused acronyms often seen.
On a more serious note, have you ever been stumped by a list of things you just can't seem to remember? Why not try to use an acronym to fix them in your mind?
When you use an acronym in this way, it's called a mnemonic device. This exercise is widely used in government departments, for example I'm sure most people will be familiar with DEEWR = Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations. It's quite amusing to imagine a group of people sitting at a desk within a government department developing acronyms.
Check out this approved list which is commonly used in professional situations.
You can make acronyms yourself and use them to boost your memory power or just have some fun on a rainy day with a group of friends.
Compile a full set of the items you need to remember, whether it's something mundane such as a shopping list or a speech or list of people's names.
2 Write down all of the first letters of your items in a row on bits of paper. Play anagrams arranging the letters to make sensible, or at least pronounceable sequences. Or words you will remember.
Select the best acronym and write it down. Repeat your acronym to yourself often to ensure you remember it.
You may be surprised at how effective and familiar your acronym becomes, even though it was essentially created at random.
You have just developed a very powerful tool which you can use often throughout your life, creating acronyms will get easier each time you do it.
Another great memory tip is to set your newly developed acronym to a melody, singing your acronym may sound a little crazy but you will be amazed at the power this simple activity has in increasing your memory ability.
One word of caution, using acronyms can be a little like corrective text on your smart phone, try to be creative to ensure your wording is not misconstrued. LOL is commonly used to abbreviate Lots of Love but can also be short for Labour of Love, Lots of Luck, Lowest of low. Have fun.