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Subject:Re: Not an acronymn.... From:Bill Swallow <techcommdood -at- gmail -dot- com> To:mattgras -at- comcast -dot- net Date:Thu, 20 May 2010 13:59:45 -0400
OK, so I just read what you posted and it contradicted your very
position. Thanks for the laugh though!
On Thu, May 20, 2010 at 1:57 PM, <mattgras -at- comcast -dot- net> wrote:
> It's not even an abbreviation according to wikipedia's definition of
> From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
> An abbreviation (from Latin brevis, meaning "short") is a shortened form of
> a word or phrase. Usually, but not always, it consists of a letter or group
> of letters taken from the word or phrase. For example, the word abbreviation
> can itself be represented by the abbreviation abbr., abbrv. or abbrev.
> In strict analysis, abbreviations should not be confused with contractions
> or acronyms (including initialisms), with which they share some semantic and
> phonetic functions, though all three are connoted by the term "abbreviation"
> in loose parlance.:p167An abbreviation is a shortening by any method; a
> contraction is a reduction of size by the drawing together of the parts. A
> contraction of a word is made by omitting certain letters or syllables and
> bringing together the first and last letters or elements; an abbreviation
> may be made either by omitting certain portions from the interior or by
> cutting off a part; a contraction is an abbreviation, but an abbreviation is
> not necessarily a contraction. However, normally acronyms are regarded as a
> subgroup of abbreviations (e.g. by the Council of Science Editors).
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Bill Swallow" <techcommdood -at- gmail -dot- com>
> To: mattgras -at- comcast -dot- net
> Cc: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
> Sent: Thursday, May 20, 2010 10:52:08 AM GMT -08:00 US/Canada Pacific
> Subject: Re: Not an acronymn....
> It certainly is an abbreviation. It's just not an acronym or an
> initialism (both of which are abbreviations). But Dossy indeed nailed
> it; it's a numeronym. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Numeronym
> On Thu, May 20, 2010 at 1:32 PM, <mattgras -at- comcast -dot- net> wrote:
>> It's not an abreviation -- an abreviation would be a shortened form of the
>> original word.
>> Thanks, though, for identifying it as a homophone.
> Bill Swallow
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