[Dixielandjazz] AARP - No longer an acronym

Adaywayne at aol.com Adaywayne at aol.com
Fri Dec 5 16:43:45 PST 2003

According to the OED, an acronym is simply a word (pronounceable or not) 
formed from the initial letters of other words. So AARP (pronounces "arpa"), ODJB, 
NORK, OMF, OKOM, ATRG, LABS, BWDGBF, CRK, DJML and so on ad infinitum, are 
all acronyms.

In a message dated 12/5/03 1:29:27 PM Eastern Standard Time, 
jerrygordon at juno.com writes:
That's very clever, Nancy, but I wouldn't brush off Bill's serious
question quite so lightly. If it's pronouncable, i.e., if it's a "word,"
it's an acronym. If not, it's an abbreviation.

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