RE: Acronyms, abbreviations and initialism

Subject: RE: Acronyms, abbreviations and initialism
From: Sankara R <ss_rajanala -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: Beth Agnew <Beth -dot- Agnew -at- senecac -dot- on -dot- ca>, techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Fri, 31 Mar 2006 23:11:46 -0800 (PST)

RADAR - initialism, and acronym

USA, EU - initialisms, not acronyms

SCSI (pronounced 'scasi/scazy'): not initialism,

ODI (one-day international: a game of cricket
played out in one day, as opposed to 5 or 6):
this was initially o-d-i (initialism),
increasingly now it is pronounced 'odie'

>> Moral: all initialisms are potential acronyms.

EU can become 'you' and USA, oozer


Initialism _is_ a pedantic distinction.

Thanks and regards,
Sankara S Rajanala
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