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Re: Abbrevations and Acronyms

From: Russell Steven Shawn O'Connor <roconnor@undergrad.math.uwaterloo.ca>
Date: Thu, 7 Oct 1999 10:25:34 -0400 (EDT)
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On Thu, 7 Oct 1999, marina wrote:

> This is way off-topic, but I find the subject *very* intriguing...
> The word ACRONYM isn't either in the OED or in the Italian dictionary I
> normally use.

@merrill[102]% oed acronym
acronym ('aekr&schwa.nIm). orig. U.S. [f. ACR(O- + -onym after HOMONYM.] A
word formed from the initial letters of other words.  Hence as v. trans.,
to convert into an acronym (chiefly pass. and as pa. pple.).  Also
acro'nymic a.;  acro'nymically adv.; 'acronyming vbl. sb.; 'acronymize v.

@merrill[103]% webster acronym
ac-ro-nym \'ak-re-,nim\ n
[acr- + -onym (as in homonym)]
:a word (as radar or snafu) formed from the initial letter or letters
     of each of the successive parts or major parts of a compound
-- ac-ro-nym-ic \,ak-re-'nim-ik\ adj
-- ac-ro-nym-i-cal-ly \-i-k(e-)le^-\ adv

Russell O'Connor                           roconnor@uwaterloo.ca
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