Re: Acronymns (was Re: C-IPA underlying principles and methods)
|From:||Tim May <butsuri@...>|
|Date:||Wednesday, February 26, 2003, 1:26|
Jake X wrote at 2003-02-25 20:17:22 (-0500)
> I think you're confusing the word acronymn with the way an
> acronymn. The word acronymn, to my knowledge, simply refers to the
> system of taking the first letter from each word in a multiword
> phrase. For example, 'Laughing Out Loud' becomes lol, from the
> first letter of each word. Those new letters, "lol," are an
> acronymn regardless of how you pronounce it.
Not so. It's only an acronym if it's pronounced as a word. At least,
that's what a style manual will tell you. I've read dictionary
definitions which allow such a use "loosely". The term for
abbreviations formed from the initials of a phrase which are
pronounced individually, eg. "BBC", is "initialism".