Thursday, November 15, 2012

Abbreviations ... not

Not to be overly pedantic, but an abbreviation is a "a shortened form of a written word or phrase used for brevity in place of the whole made commonly by omission of letters from one or more parts of the whole", and things like DEAR, FERPA, ACT, SLP, and ESEA are acronyms or initialisms.

(But I'm more perturbed that none of them knew who William F. Buckley, Jr, was.)



At 1:56 PM, November 16, 2012 OpenID q-pheevr had this to say...

I would see abbreviation, exactly as you've defined it, as a more general term that encompasses acronyms and initialisms as well as things like abbrev. or op. cit. In fact, the idea of "omission of letters from one or more parts of the whole" seems calculated to include things like S[peech] L[anguage] P[athology] or A[ustralian] C[apital] T[erritory].

At 2:23 PM, November 16, 2012 Blogger The Ridger, FCD had this to say...

I think of that definition as being more for things like abbv or Dr. But I admit that you're right: you certainly do omit letters in acronyms!


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