[thelist] Use of <abbr title>

John Handelaar genghis at members.evolt.org
Fri Mar 15 09:26:00 CST 2002

> -----Original Message-----
> From: thelist-admin at lists.evolt.org
> [mailto:thelist-admin at lists.evolt.org]On Behalf Of Andrew Forsberg
> Sent: 14 March 2002 19:32
> To: thelist at lists.evolt.org
> Subject: Re: [thelist] Use of <abbr title>
> > If it can't be pronounced as a word, it's not an
> > acronym.  Whether or not most/all acronyms are also
> > abbreviations (true) was not part of the original
> > post.


> An acronym
> is usually
> pronounced as a word, but not necessarily.

I said if it *can't* be pronounced as a word, it's not
an acronym.  There's no contradiction between that and your

So, Rudy, assuming your pronunciation of 'SQL' is correct,
it's not an acronym but an abbreviation.  Same goes for
'PNG', which I've never heard turned into a word before.

Acronyms and abbreviations are different things, hence
the need for different words for them.  The fact that people
have started using the two different words interchangably
matters not a bit: 'common usage' of an error doesn't negate
the error.  Similarly, writing 'there' instead of 'their'
is still wrong, however often I see it online.

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tips notwithstanding and (b) I'm running out of tips anyway :-)


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John Handelaar

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