RE: Proper definition for "acronym" (was A vs, an)

Subject: RE: Proper definition for "acronym" (was A vs, an)
From: Nancy Allison <maker -at- verizon -dot- net>
To: "Downing, David" <DavidDowning -at- users -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 13 Jan 2009 09:15:41 -0600 (CST)

Ah, one of my pet obssessions (as in, "Did I dream this? Wasn't this
true once long ago?")

I learned there were three distinct categories of *shortened phrases*,
for lack of a better term:

---Abbreviations: initial letters of a phrase, that do not create a word
or word-like collection of letters. Example: FBI. BLM. CBS. etc., etc.

---Acronyms: initial letters that create a word or word-like thingy:
RADAR, CREEP (my fave), etc., etc.

---I cannot remember! But there WAS one! Maybe it was for the word-like
thingies (RADAR) and acronyms were only for real words (CREEP).

One of these decades I will trawl through a bunch of elderly reference
books and see if I can find that original set of terms. I know there
were three! I know it, I know it! (She said, shaking her blue-veined
fists impotently) . . .

Gawd sometimes I feel so old.

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