Recursive acronyms edit Main article: Recursive acronym A special type of macronym, the recursive acronym, has letters whose expansion refers back to the macronym itself. Many proper nouns become shorter and shorter over time. Swahili edit In Swahili, acronyms are common for naming organizations such as "tuki which stands for Taasisi ya Uchunguzi wa Kiswahili (the Institute for Swahili Research). "north-great by also only taking the first character of Peking, the "northern capital" Beijing ). Before Christ, is English-sourced.K., a term of disputed origin, dating back at least to the early 19th century, now used around the world The earliest example of a word derived from an acronym listed by the OED is "abjud" (now " abjad formed from.