Broad definition of acronym

Subject: Broad definition of acronym
From: Marlana Coe <mcoe -at- SOHO -dot- IOS -dot- COM>
Date: Fri, 21 Jul 1995 17:27:26 +0100

>Date: Fri, 21 Jul 1995 01:06:46 -0700
>Reply-To: Richard Mateosian <srm -at- C2 -dot- ORG>
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>From: Richard Mateosian <srm -at- C2 -dot- ORG>
>Subject: Broad definition of acronym
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The distinction usually is that an acronym forms a word people can pronouce
(like DASD), whereas an initialism forms a word that people cannot
pronounce (like IBM). Both acronyms and initialisms usually appear in
uppercase--that is until the language incorporates them as standard words
such as radar, laser, and snafu. --Marlana

>>According to American Heritage Dictionary, bit would be an ACRONYM, since
>>an acronym is "a word formed by the initial letters of a name or by
>>combining initial letters or parts of a series of words

>By this definition, "don't" is an acronym.

>Most acronyms are written all caps. Contractions like "don't" and "bit" are
>written lowercase. ...RM

>Richard Mateosian President, Berkeley STC
>Freelance Technical Writer srm -at- c2 -dot- org Review Editor, IEEE Micro

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