RE: Acronyms, abbreviations and initialism

Subject: RE: Acronyms, abbreviations and initialism
From: Beth Agnew <Beth -dot- Agnew -at- senecac -dot- on -dot- ca>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Fri, 31 Mar 2006 11:57:46 -0800

Ugh, Friday! That should be "for US purists" ... every initialism is an
acronym, and acronyms are subsets of initialisms. Right idea, wrong
execution. I'll go back to my room for a nap now.

I mistakenly wrote:

For we purists, every acronym is an initialism, but not every initialism is
an acronym. If one thinks of acronym as the set, and initalisms as a subset,
then the use of acronym ubiquitously is correct. (Gawd, that was pedantic!)

Beth Agnew

Presenting "Podcasting and Vidcasting: The Future of TechComm"
at the STC Conference, Las Vegas, NV, 2 p.m. Wednesday May 10, 2006.

Professor, Technical Communication
Seneca College of Applied Arts & Technology
Toronto, ON 416-491-5050 x3133


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