Re: Articles with Initialisms

Subject: Re: Articles with Initialisms
From: Sue Gallagher <sgallagher -at- EXPERSOFT -dot- COM>
Date: Fri, 23 Feb 1996 11:34:55 -0800

At 10:24 PM 2/22/96 -0800, Daniel E. Wise wrote:
>Folks, the article before an initialism such as SME should match the
>"sound" of the first pronounced letter. As I am sure all of us know, a
>vowel sound calls for the article "an." Thus we should write AN SME
>(ess begins with a vowel sound) and AN ESLer (ee begins with a vowel
>sound).

Ahh... Yeah... Except if you expect the user to *pronounce*
it -- i.e., it's an acronym instead of an initialism --
"smee" -- then it would be "a smee".

The problem is, there's no standard for what's an initialism
and what's an acronym -- and until there is, it's best guess.

-Sue Gallagher
sgallagher -at- expersoft -dot- com


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