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Re: ABBR vs. ACRONYM

From: Gregory J. Rosmaita <unagi69@concentric.net>
Date: Tue, 22 Feb 2000 13:15:15 -0500
Message-Id: <4.2.2.20000220123759.00bb0100@pop3.concentric.net>
To: "Chuck Baslock" <cbaslock@kansas.net>, Charles McCathieNevile <charles@w3.org>
Cc: WAI Interest Group Emailing List <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
aloha, chuck and charles!

you both have a very good point about the use of initial letters to compose 
acronyms, but despite the etymology of the word, acronym, for pronunciation 
purposes, initial letters are not always used in the composition of an 
acronym...

off-list, chuck agreed with me that the use of 3 double-ewes as a shortened 
form of World Wide Web is an acronym, but posited that W3C is an 
abbreviation...

i would argue that W3C is an abbreviated acronym, but an acronym nonetheless...

pedantically yours,
         gregory.

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