Re: Acronymns (was Re: C-IPA underlying principles and methods)
|From:||Muke Tever <mktvr@...>|
|Date:||Wednesday, February 26, 2003, 11:47|
From: "Christophe Grandsire" <christophe.grandsire@...>
> 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.
Well, non-prescriptive English extends the semantics somewhat from its
>> (We are, by the way, aware that certain pedantically-inclined
types insist that an initial-based abbreviation must be
pronouncable to be called an acronym. We don't care.) <<
"Explain Acronym Search"
>> Enter an acronym (e.g. IBM) <<
"AFRL Acronym Dictionary"
(with unpronounceable acronyms such as TDC, PDF, LLLTV, etc)
>> Not all acronyms form pronouncable words. For example, SVP
is an acronym that is not pronouncable, instead each letter
is spoken. <<
AHD4 sidesteps this by not referring to whether it's pronounceable:
>> A word formed from the initial letters of a name, such as
WAC for Women's Army Corps, or by combining initial letters
or parts of a series of words, such as radar for radio
detecting and ranging. <<
(Unlike "ISO" and "NASA", the definition of "WAC" doesn't feature a
pronunciation. The derived word "WAC" meaning a member of WAC does; but that
word spelled "Wac" in AHD3, which had the same definition of 'acronym' verbatim,
It's debatable whether or not this is "wrong" usage, but it is in common use.