Re: Acronymns (was Re: C-IPA underlying principles and methods)
|From:||Jake X <starvingpoet@...>|
|Date:||Wednesday, February 26, 2003, 22:07|
----- Original Message -----
From: "Tim May" <butsuri@...>
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...
::cowers in shame::