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Re: Acronymns (was Re: C-IPA underlying principles and methods)

From:Christophe Grandsire <christophe.grandsire@...>
Date:Wednesday, February 26, 2003, 2:15
En réponse à Jake X <starvingpoet@...>:

> I think you're confusing the word acronymn with the way an acronymn.
Nope, not in this case.
> 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. I think you're the one who's confused here. I've just checked a bunch of online dictionaries, and they all agree (and not only in English, the word has an identical meaning in all languages I know). You can call an abbreviation an acronym *only* if it is pronounced as a word (which is the main definition found everywhere. You don't even have to take only the first letter of each word. "radar" is an acronym too. The only condition is to be an abbreviation pronounced like a word). If you pronounce "LOL" [lOl], as I do, then it's an acronym. But something like BBC isn't, because each letter is pronounced separately. Christophe. Take your life as a movie: do not let anybody else play the leading role.


Muke Tever <mktvr@...>
Jake X <starvingpoet@...>