How to extract acronyms from source text?
Thread poster: Erik Freitag

Erik Freitag  Identity Verified
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Dutch to German
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Feb 22

Dear colleagues,

This may not be the best forum for my question, but here goes:

I'm looking for a convenient way to extract all acronyms/abbreviations from the source text, by which I basically (as a working definition) mean words that are not found in standard monolingual dictionaries and are written in capitals.

Ideally, I'd like to have them exported as a list, possibly with the whole sentence they appear in for context.

If anyone know a way to achieve this with SDL Trados Studio 2017, TermExtract, or third party software, I'd be grateful for a hint.

Many thanks in advance,
kind regards,


Adam Łobatiuk  Identity Verified
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English to Polish
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With Word Feb 22

For a rough list of acronyms with capital letters, you can copy and paste the text in MS Word, search with wildcards for <[A-Z]{2;}> (see note below) and replace with just bold formatting, and then search (without wildcards) for non-bold formatting and replace with ^p. That should leave you with just 2-letter or longer words in ALL CAPS with line breaks.

In the regular expression, you may need to use {2,} instead of {2;} depending on your system settings.

[Edited at 2018-02-22 20:00 GMT]


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