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

From:Jake X <starvingpoet@...>
Date:Wednesday, February 26, 2003, 22:07
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From: "Tim May" <butsuri@...>
To: <CONLANG@...>
Sent: 25 February, 2003 20:26
Subject: Re: Acronymns (was Re: C-IPA underlying principles and methods)

> 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".
Thanks, I suppose I've always been wrong about that. However, I can remember any number of old English teachers who were wrong as well... Jake ::cowers in shame::