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Posted By: Wolfgang
02-Mar-01 - 07:21 AM
Thread Name: Acronym dictionary?
Subject: RE: Acronym dictionary?
Steve Parkes says that an acronym has to be pronounceable, otherwise it is an abbreviation. I had thought so too, but then I found today in a website on acronyms this definition:
Definitions: Please note that so far as this database is concerned, an acronym is any string of characters formed from the initial letters of several words (or occasionally from other letters), regardless of whether the result is pronounceable or not.

This is different from the popular and in my view, mistaken belief common in the USA (and even used by several dictionary definitions) that an acronym is a `word' which has to be pronounceable.

This definition is backed up by the only dictionary I had in hand.

Two questions: (1) Is it true?
(2) Is there a name for pronounceable acronyms?