RE: Acronyms, abbreviations and initalisms

Subject: RE: Acronyms, abbreviations and initalisms
From: "Johnson, Tom" <TJohnson -at- starcutter -dot- com>
To: "David Tinsley" <dtinsley -at- ndigital -dot- com>, "TECHWR-L \(E-mail\)" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 31 Mar 2006 09:19:14 -0500

Maybe. Why? How obvious is the distinction? I just looked it up and Webster says an initialism is an acronym.

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Subject: Acronyms, abbreviations and initalisms

Am I the only person who gets irritated when initalisms are incorrectly
described as acronyms? The distinction is quite obvious and simple and
yet time after time I see lists of "acronyms" that are initialisms and
this from technical communicators. The latest example I have just seen
is on the last page of April 06 Intercom magazine.

Just a Friday rant!


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