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

Subject: RE: Proper definition for "acronym" (was A vs, an)
From: "Monique Semp" <monique -dot- semp -at- earthlink -dot- net>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Tue, 13 Jan 2009 07:59:27 -0800

Wikipedia mentions acronyms, initialisms, and alphabetisms:

Abbreviation - any shortened form of a word or phrase
Acronym - a word (such as SONAR) created from the first letters of each
word in a series of words
Initialism - Abbreviations that are formed from initials, whether said
result is pronounced as letters or a word (such as URL: you-are-el or erl)

It says there's no agreement on what to call abbreviations whose
pronunciation involves the combo of letter names and words, such as JPEG
and MS-DOS.

And, many more examples are given.



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