RE: Re: Not an acronymn....

Subject: RE: Re: Not an acronymn....
From: "Gene Kim-Eng" <techwr -at- genek -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Thu, 20 May 2010 10:42:16 -0800

The traditional definitions of abbreviation and acronym should both exclude "K9," because there is neither a "K" nor a "9" in the word "canine," and because it isn't a real word it shouldn't be considered a hompohone, which is a word that has the same pronunciation as another word but a different meaning.

The closest term I can think of is "pseudo-acronym," which refers to a construct that is used as if it's an acronym but cannot be expanded to some form of the word it's intended to represent.

Gene Kim-Eng


------- Original Message -------
On 5/20/2010 6:02 PM Dossy Shiobara wrote:
Actually, the numeronym of "canine" would be C4E, not K9. "K9" is an abbreviation and homophone.
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