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Re: [xml-dev] Is "XML" an abbreviation or an acronym?
Date: 8/25/2008 9:34:00 AM
-------------------------------------------------- From: <mike@m...> Sent: Monday, August 25, 2008 10:04 AM To: <xml-dev@l...> Subject: Re: [xml-dev] Is "XML" an abbreviation or an acronym? > "abbreviation - a shortened or contracted form of a word or phrase, > used to represent the whole, as Dr. for Doctor, lb. for pound. > > acronym - a word formed from the initial letters or groups of letters > of words in a set phrase or series of words, as OPEC from Organization > of Petroleum Exporting Countries." > > The dictionary is quite clear so I cannot understand the confusion. To > qualify as an acronym, the abbreviation must form a *word*. To qualify as > a word it must appear in a dictionary, not just in the tautological sense > that common abbreviations appear in dictionaries, but with a meaning from > a different context. So GNU is a genuine acronym since it appears in the > dictionary as an animal. XML is definitely not. The only confusion can > occur when the abbreviation is pronounceable other than as individual > letters so that it might qualify as a word rather than just a sequence of > letters. A purist might disagree with the above dictionary since opec is > not otherwise a word despite being pronounceable. The true art of acronym > formation is not only to form a genuine word, but one that has some > relevance to the original context, though I cannot think of a good example > at the moment. Anyway XML certainly does not qualify! > > Mike > In that case radar and laser would not be acronyms, doesn't seem right at all. Joe http://joe.fawcett.name