Acronyms and the Latin: Ab Ovo

An acronym is a word formed from the first letters of each one of the words in a phrase.

Many Latin terms such as “ab ovo” may sound like acronyms, but they aren’t.

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AB OVO (Latin, “from the egg”): This phrase refers to a narrative that starts at the beginning of the plot, and then moves chronologically through a sequence of events to the tale’s conclusion.

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This pattern is the opposite of a tale that begins in medias res, one in which the narrative starts “in the middle of things,” well into the middle of the plot, and then proceeds to explain earlier events through the characters’ dialogue, memories, or flashbacks.

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https://web.cn.edu/kwheeler/lit_terms_A.html

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Examples of Acronyms:

N.A.T.O. = North Atlantic Treaty Organization

S.C.U.B.A. = self-contained underwater breathing apparatus

Interpol = International Criminal Police Organization

AIDS = acquired immunodeficiency syndrome

CD-ROM = Compact Disc read-only memory

I.O.U. = i-o-u for “I owe you” (this should be IOY–but that would be silly)

PIN Number = personal identification number

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Remember these acronyms found in Harry Potter. (click to enlarge)

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Here’s a silly acronym:

How are you?

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or:

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Today’s assignment:

1. Create an acronym for your name or for the name of your writing project.

2. Explain how your current writing project is ‘ab ovo’ or ‘in medias res.’