Re: Broad definition of acronym

Subject: Re: Broad definition of acronym
From: "Jean D. Ichbiah" <ichbiah -at- JDI -dot- TIAC -dot- NET>
Date: Sat, 22 Jul 1995 03:17:41 GMT

In article <v01510104ac358513e37b -at- [198 -dot- 4 -dot- 75 -dot- 73]> Marlana Coe <mcoe -at- soho -dot- ios -dot- com>
writes:

>The distinction usually is that an acronym forms a word people can pronouce
>(like DASD), whereas an initialism forms a word that people cannot
>pronounce (like IBM). Both acronyms and initialisms usually appear in
>uppercase--that is until the language incorporates them as standard words
>such as radar, laser, and snafu. --Marlana

The OED seems to capitalize if the letters are pronounced: IBM, EEC, ..
and treat them as nouns if they are pronounced as words: Nato, Unesco,...

Jean Ichbiah


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