RE: Acronyms, abbreviations and initalisms

Subject: RE: Acronyms, abbreviations and initalisms
From: "Nuckols, Kenneth M" <Kenneth -dot- Nuckols -at- mybrighthouse -dot- com>
To: "David Tinsley" <dtinsley -at- ndigital -dot- com>, <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 31 Mar 2006 10:25:46 -0500

David Tinsley said...

> Am I the only person who gets irritated when initalisms are
> 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!

I used to get all bent out of shape about stuff like that, but these
days I could care less if someone calls both NASA and MCI "acronyms."
Language changes, and while I resist the corruption and twisting and
warping of meanings of some words, there are others I am less concerned
about. To me, the distinction between "initial letters of words that
form a new word" and "initial letters of words sounded out individually"
is insignificant enough that wasting my time worrying about it makes me
feel like I have way, way, way too much time on my hands.

Of course this is only my opinion--there are probably some things I'm
concerned about that other people couldn't be bothered to consider. ;-)

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