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An AppleScript droplet to ease .lit conversion
Authored by: el bid on Jul 20, '06 12:15:46AM

An acronym is an abbreviation formed from a pronouncable set of initials. The word we're shying from here is an abbreviation (in both known uses), it's pronouncable (except on MacOSXHints), but it's not a set of initials. So it's not an acronym.

Glad to have been of some use... :-)



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An AppleScript droplet to ease .lit conversion
Authored by: chyna4xena on Aug 02, '07 05:59:55PM
That's not entirely true, an acronym is an abbreviation formed from a set of initial letters or word parts ("radar" is an acronym, as is "Interpol").

Also, the issue of pronunciation is only relevant to those who make a distinction between acronyms and initialisms, and most people do not make such a distinction.

So both the spelled-out variety ("FBI","ATM","BBC") and the as-a-word variety ("NATO","scuba","laser") are acronyms, as are combinations ("MS-DOS","CD-ROM","JPEG").

When referring to female anatomy, the word in question is an abbreviation. But when referring to the programme, it is most definitely an acronym, formed from "Convert LIT" (i.e. it is an acronym of an initial letter and a word part).


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