June 12th, 2007


the joy of pedantry

I recently discovered the existence of the word "initialism" and the fine difference in meaning between that and "acronym". For example, IBM is an initialism, as are OJ, USA, LoTR, and ROTFL. For comparison, laser is an acronym, as are FUBAR, robot, radar and NASA.

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There, don't you feel so special now that you can split this hair, too?

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