RE: Acronyms, abbreviations and initalisms

Subject: RE: Acronyms, abbreviations and initalisms
From: "Fred Ridder" <docudoc -at- hotmail -dot- com>
To: dtinsley -at- ndigital -dot- com, techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Fri, 31 Mar 2006 10:41:07 -0500

This battle is long lost, I'm afraid. Some dictionaries already
define acronym to include initialisms. Many people don't even
understand what is meant by the word "initialism", and many
who do consider it to be archaic or deliberately retro.

Fred Ridder

From: "David Tinsley" <dtinsley -at- ndigital -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Subject: Acronyms, abbreviations and initalisms
Date: Fri, 31 Mar 2006 08:23:13 -0500

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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