Re: Calling all philologists!

Subject: Re: Calling all philologists!
From: "Robert E. Allen" <re_allen -at- PNL -dot- GOV>
Date: Tue, 31 May 1994 18:04:28 GMT

In article <9405270530 -dot- AA04051 -at- csdc_4 -dot- toshiba -dot- oz -dot- au>, Margaret Gerard
<margaret%mailhost -at- toshiba -dot- tic -dot- oz -dot- au> says:

>What's the word for (or the name of the process of making) an
>abbreviation out of the initial letters of a set of words, in the
>case where the abbreviation is not going to form an acronym?

The rule here is (rules here are)

1. An acronym is a pronouncable word made from the initial
letters (NATO).

2. An initialism in an unpronouncable word made from the
initial letters (IBM).

3. An abbreviation is a shortened version of a word or phrase,
pronouncability is optional (dept, FinPlan).


SIMPLICATE, and add light

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