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  Acronym and initialism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Initialism originally referred to abbreviations formed from initials, without reference to pronunciation, but during the middle portion of the twentieth century, when they saw more use than ever before, the word acronym was coined for abbreviations which are pronounced as a word, like NATO or AIDS.
In the English language, the widespread use of acronyms, initialisms, and contractions is a relatively new linguistic phenomenon, having become most popular in the 20th and 21st centuries.
When initialisms are defined in print, especially in the case of industry-specific jargon, the initial letters of the full words are often capitalized.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Initialism   (4189 words)

  
 Initialism
An initialism is an abbreviation formed by using the first letters, or initials, of a series of words, for example BBC, IBM, or NATO.
The term initialism is often used by those who prefer to define an acronym as an abbreviation whose letters form a pronounceable word, like NATO or AIDS.
"Initialism" is then the name of the category for abbreviations that don't meet the strict definition of acronym and are pronounced as a series of the names of the constituent letters.
www.ebroadcast.com.au /lookup/encyclopedia/in/Initialism.html   (92 words)

  
 definition: initialisms | Motive Web Design Glossary
An initialism is a phrase or multi-word name that has been abbreviated to the first letter of each word, and is pronounced as a series of individual letters.
Initialism are often used in email to soften the tone of communication (in a character-count-conscious manner).
Initially content is shown using the browser default styles, when the stylesheet loads the webpage is redrawn or ‘flashes’.
www.motive.co.nz /glossary/initialism.php?ref   (576 words)

  
 Reference.com/Encyclopedia/Acronym and initialism
Acronyms and initialisms are abbreviations formed from the initial letter or letters of words, such as NATO and XHTML, and are pronounced in a way that is distinct from the full pronunciation of what the letters stand for.
Acronyms and initialisms often occur in jargon or as names of organizations because they often serve as abbreviations of long terms that are frequently referenced, so a shortened form is desirable.
Initialism originally referred to abbreviations formed from initials, without reference to pronunciation, but during the middle portion of the twentieth century, when acronyms and initialisms saw more use than ever before, the word acronym was coined for abbreviations which are pronounced as a word, like "NATO" or "AIDS".
www.reference.com /browse/wiki/Acronym   (1370 words)

  
 TeraByte Unlimited Knowledge Base
An initialism for "AT Attachment ", which is a standard to connect storage devices to computers.
CHS is an initialism for "cylinder, head, sector", and refers to the three geometry specifications for a drive.
LBA is an initialism for "logical block addressing", and refers to a method used to address individual sectors on a drive.
www.terabyteunlimited.com /kb/index.php?action=glossary   (507 words)

  
 Acronym and initialism - CompWisdom   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
An initialism is an abbreviation that uses the first letter of each word in the phrase (thus, some but not all initialisms are acronyms).
An initialism is an abbreviation that is formed by combining the initial letter of each word in a multiword term.
Under the pre2002 rules, change from full form to initialism and vice versa was major but full form to an abbreviated form (and vice versa) was minor; it was therefore necessary to distinguish between an abbreviation and an acronym/initialism when deciding whether the change was minor.
www.compwisdom.com /topics/Acronym-and-initialism   (3269 words)

  
 Acronym and initialism - Enpsychlopedia
Acronyms and initialisms are abbreviations, such as NATO, laser, or scuba, written as the initial letter or letters of words, and pronounced on the basis of this abbreviated written form.
When initialisms are defined in print, especially in the case of industry-specific jargon, the words forming the abbreviation are often capitalized for clarity.
The term "initialism" is now typically taken to refer to abbreviations which are pronounced by sounding out the name of each constituent letter (e.g., HTML).
enpsychlopedia.com /psypsych/Acronym   (3489 words)

  
 The Mavens' Word of the Day
An acronym is used for a word formed from the initial letters of the words (or main words) in a series of words, when the resulting word is pronounced as a word.
An initialism is used for a word formed from the initial letters of the words (or main words) in a series of words, when the resulting word is not pronounced as a word, but as individual letters spelled out.
The distinction between acronyms and initialisms is, I feel, worth making, but it is not one that has always been made, nor is it one that is maintained even now.
www.randomhouse.com /wotd/index.pperl?date=19980825   (518 words)

  
 PLA - Biocrawler   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
It could be an initialism for the People's Liberation Army of China.
It could be an initialism for the Pagan Liberation Army.
This page concerning a three letter acronym is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title.
www.biocrawler.com /encyclopedia/PLA   (311 words)

  
 NMU - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
It is the abbreviation for Non-Motorised User in the field of transport planning.
This page disambiguates a three-character combination which might be any or all of an abbreviation, an acronym, an initialism, a word in English, or a word in another language.
If an article link referred you to this page, you may wish to change the link to point directly to the intended article.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/NMU   (132 words)

  
 Highbeam Encyclopedia - Search Results for Acronym and initialism
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Initial reactions: sick of acronyms, Jane Bates is about to launch the Campaign for the Abolition of Abbreviations to Aid the Absent Minded and Pedantic--CAAAAMP.
www.encyclopedia.com /SearchResults.aspx?Q=Acronym+and+initialism   (208 words)

  
 Word of the Week--27
Most acronyms and initialisms are written with all capital letters, but this can change over time.
It is usually acceptable to start a sentence with an acronym or initialism that begins with a capital letter.
To sum up our recommendations, use acronyms and initialisms when a document is cluttered by the repeated use of a few key phrases or when the shortened forms are more familiar than their definitions.
grcpublishing.grc.nasa.gov /WordofWeekTextArchive/week27.htm   (763 words)

  
 Anne Addison Research Paper
An initialism of English as a Second Language, a term used to describe a program for non-English speakers who are in the process of developing English language competency.
An initialism of limited English proficient, a term for a student who may not speak English at all, or, at least, not with the same facility as other classmates.
An initialism of Total Physical Response, an ESL methodology developed by James J. Asher to teach language acquisition using commands and demonstration with learner body movement indicating comprehension.
www.shsu.edu /~lib_jeo/anneaddisonresearch.htm   (1918 words)

  
 C.W. Post Library Reference Guide To Language Sources
Initialisms and Abbreviations Dictionary (Twenty-third Edition 1997) (3 Parts).
This dictionary gives the meaning of over 300,000 acronyms, initialism and abbreviations from all fields.
The companion reverse volumes are arranged by meaning and give the appropriate acronym or initialism.
www.liu.edu /cwis/cwp/library/ref/lang.htm   (872 words)

  
 Shadow » Blog Archive » OT on Initialism: the role of letter names
FM, XM, MS, and MX are some that do sound OK to me. I suspect this is the case because each is an abbreviation for some other non-onomastic use; FM and XM for radio, MS for citations and Microsoft, and MX for the legendary Reagan-era nuclear missile.
He then tried to formalize the observations and move toward an Optimality Theory framework, but was stuck halfway because of initials that include VC letters such as M, S, and F. It seems to be ok to have one of them, but not two.
Bob also mentioned earlier research by Heidi Harley on spelled-out abbreviations vs. acronyms, and a paper by her on the same topic.
www.garyfeng.com /wordpress/2005/11/10/ot-on-initialism-the-role-of-letter-names   (347 words)

  
 Abbreviated Forms: Abbreviatios, Acronyms, Initialisms
A group of initial letters used as an abbreviation, esp. one in which each letter is pronounced separately (cf.
Brit a set of initial, usually capital, letters used as an abbreviation, especially of an organization, where each letter is given its own separate pronunciation, eg 'BBC' for British Broadcasting Corporation or 'FBI' for Federal Bureau of Investigation.
A word formed from the initial letters of a name, such as WAC for Women's Army Corps, or by combining initial letters or parts of a series of words, such as radar for radio detecting and ranging.
lists.w3.org /Archives/Public/w3c-wai-gl/2005JulSep/att-0851/AbbreviationAcronym.html   (1904 words)

  
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A word formed from the initial parts (letters OR syllables OR arbitrary parts), of a name.
A group of initial letters used as an abbreviation for a name or expression, each letter being pronounced separately, e.g.
The key difference between an acronym and an initialism is that an acronym is a NEW WORD, while an initalism is not.
www.lyberty.com /encyc/articles/abbr.html   (269 words)

  
 the gist mill?   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
If "divid" catches on, that's when it's not an initialism anymore and becomes a kind of acronym.
Until then, it'll continue to be an initialism, because all of the letters are pronounced as the letters they are rather than the sounds they represent.
It's a matter of practice and preference rather than properness, though I'd be curious to read theories as to why we, as a people, went with the initialism.
www.wordstudio.net /gist/2005/10/esseeyoobeeaye.html   (478 words)

  
 [bl] Acronym vs Initialism
CD-ROM is an initialism that's partially not spelled out -- so does it cease to be an intialism and become an acronym?
THX is pronounced by spelling but, I believe, isn't an initialism of any words.
KVM is an acronym (a word formed from the > >>>> initial letters of a name) and not an abbreviation (a > >>>> shortened form of a word or phrase).
lists.samurai.com /pipermail/bryans-list/2002-June/007024.html   (1085 words)

  
 SSC San Diego Corporate Image Progam - Name and Initialism
Nomenclature: The Center's initialism is SSC San Diego.
Usage: SSC San Diego is used only on products that document the scientific and technical work of the Center, marketing materials, and on internal documentation, such as instructions and standard operating procedures.
As SSC San Diego is not an official designation for the Center, it can never be used in formal correspondence and letters of transmittal.
www.nosc.mil /sti/publications/corpimage/nameinit.html   (320 words)

  
 initialism - OneLook Dictionary Search
Tip: Click on the first link on a line below to go directly to a page where "initialism" is defined.
initialism : Compact Oxford English Dictionary [home, info]
initialism : The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language [home, info]
www.onelook.com /?w=initialism   (120 words)

  
 FAQs: Using the Initialism
The initialism FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) falls into the same category as initialisms such as PDF, URL, HTML etc.
Just as we don't spell out Portable Document Format or Hypertext Markup Language each time we use the terms, the term FAQ is widely recognised and doesn't need to be spelled out in full.
You don't always have to use the initialism, of course.
www.kerryr.net /webwriting/faq_initialism.htm   (104 words)

  
 [bl] Acronym vs Initialism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
:^) I'd say it's an acronym when pronounced GUI and an initialism when pronounced gee-you-eye.
> THX is pronounced by spelling but, I believe, isn't an initialism of any > words.
THX is named for Lucas' first feature film, THX 1138.
lists.samurai.com /pipermail/bryans-list/2002-June/007026.html   (218 words)

  
 Blue's News: Edit Message
q[You mean "acronym", not "abbreviation".]q Strictly speaking, it's neither; it's actually an initialism.
Acronyms: http://www.bartleby.com/68/8/108.html Initialism: http://www.bartleby.com/68/88/3288.html MeatFarts, the use of "a" or "an" is totally dependent on pronunciation, not spelling.
MMOG is an initialism that's pronounced "Em em oh gee," so "an" is the correct definite article.
www.bluesnews.com /cgi-bin/edit.pl?id=268086&start=0   (152 words)

  
 [#JRA-3686] Send Test Mail page: typographical error - Atlassian JIRA
An initialism is a series of capital letters, each of which is usually the initial of a word.
If an initialism is pronouncable as a word, it is called an acronym.
Page: /admin/SenTestMail.jspa In the "Message Type" drop-down list, "Html" must be changed to "HTML" (this is an initialism and has no meaning if not all letters are capitalized).
jira.atlassian.com /browse/JRA-3686   (246 words)

  
 Acronym and initialism - Search Results - MSN Encarta
Abbreviations and Acronyms letter or group of letters used in writing, printing, and speech to represent a word or phrase in shortened form....
- word formed from initials: a word formed from the initials or other parts of several words, e.g.
Search for books about your topic, "Acronym and initialism"
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 FileHungry - AcronymGenie
Simply type the first few letters of the acronym or abbreviation you are looking for and the list of acronyms will narrow down to a more specific list until you have a match.
You will find here a concise description of how to use the database and its multiple search functions.
The included glossary explains terms like acronym, abbreviation, initialism, expansion and recursive acronym.
www.filehungry.com /broken/46455   (265 words)

  
 Comments on 27 May 2005 Working Draft of XHTML 2
for abbreviated forms that are created by taking the initial letters of a string of words (possibly not each word) and that can be read as a word; examples:
for abbreviated forms that are created by taking the initial letters of a string of words (possibly not each word) and that cannot be read as a word; examples:
An acronym is a word formed from the initial letters or groups of letters of words in a set phrase or series of words.
lists.w3.org /Archives/Public/wai-xtech/2005Aug/att-0000/XHTML2_20050527_comments.html   (4964 words)

  
 HTML is not an acronym... - saila.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
And, again, like the Web, there are those who disagree with the generally agreed upon usage.
an acronym as “a word (as NATO, radar, or snafu) formed from the initial letter or letters of each of the successive parts or major parts of a compound term;”
Despite these well-recognized definitions, there remains a lot of confusion as to what an acronym is (including some who should know better).
www.saila.com /usage/acronym   (478 words)

  
 CD
an initialism for Cash dispenser (at least used in Japan)
an initialism for Ceske Drahy -- Czech Railways
an initialism for Compact disc; it can also refer to an Enhanced CD.
usapedia.com /c/cd.html   (136 words)

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