I'm trying to figure out if there is a verb that describes the process by which an acronym becomes a word in its own right. So many words today started out as acronyms, but the underlying acronym has been forgotten by all but a few. For example: Radar - radio direction and ranging Laser - light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation Scuba - self-contained underwater breathing apparatus FIAT - fabricators, italian, of autos in turin ALFA - association of lombardy for the fabrication of autos I would guess many younger people did not realize that these words arose as acronyms. So what would the verb be that describes this process? "Wordification"? "Wordalizm"? Or is the time ripe to coin a new entry into the English language?