Nope. Some work as words and some don't
Some would work as words, but still get spelled out
Individual Retirement Accounts is a three letter acronym, but it often
gets pronounced as a word
No, don't think so. It's been discussed a few times on
alt.english.usage , and probably also on alt.usage.english .
In Spanish, at least in Central America, they make a real effort to
prononce everything they can. IGA was eega. IGGS was eegs.
But the US FBI was still the effe bay ee. It took me along time to
figure out what he was saying.
Unlike those, NEC does sound like a word. People often do say those as
I grew up at the time of the Apollo program. They had a lot of those
initials that got pronounced as words, like Portable Life Support
System and Lunar Excursion Module that were usually pronounced "pliss"
TLAs (Three letter acronyms) are usually spelled out.
Longer acronyms are usually pronounced, if the result
That's why it's
D.O.D. and E.P.A and "FEMA"
Generally with adjectives inserted.
It's not an acronym unless it's pronounced as a word. If spelled out, or it
doesn't make a word it's just an abbreviation.
Then you have the people who insist on being redundant. Some examples:
this drives me up a wall when people say these.
"Goedjn" < firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
Interesting. I hadn't realized that if the letters didn't make a
pronounceable word, it wasn't an acronym. If it's spelled out, though,
it's not really an abbreviation, it's an initialism. I wouldn't have
known the latter if you hadn't sent me to the dictionary on the former.
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