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Re: ABBR vs ACRONYM, round 57894174803

From: David Woolley <david@djwhome.demon.co.uk>
Date: Wed, 7 Feb 2001 08:12:03 +0000 (GMT)
Message-Id: <200102070812.f178C3312039@djwhome.demon.co.uk>
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
> Yes, WWW and SNCF are initialisms, and from the point of view of HTML 4.01
> and of the natural language they are acronyms, and non abbreviations, but in
> the example they appear marked as abbreviations.

In the natural language English, neither of these are acronyms.  As pointed
out by someone else, acronym and abbrevation are widely misused (in the
media and elsewhere), but so are virus and bacteria, imply and infer, etc.
(The tendency is to call everything an acronym.)
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