Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2001/06/28

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Subject: RE: [Leica] TLA -- three-letter-abbreviation: WOT
From: "Rodgers, David" <>
Date: Thu, 28 Jun 2001 12:39:03 -0500


If you say SCSI is an acronym and not "tee-el-ay", you're tongue should be
in cheek! Point taken, however. 

TWAIN is a great acronym. Technology Without An Important Name. Sometimes
programmers can be so creative!


>>An acronym is an abbreviation that can be pronounced as a word, like SCSI
scuzzy (as in 'my old Sprintscan 4000 is getting really scuzzy, I must get a

Nikon 8000ED now'). TLA itself is not an acronym, it is an abvreviation.
I know that this sounds very picky, and I do have my tongue in my cheek, but

'acronym' has a particular meaning and if 'acronym' loses that meaning and 
just becomes another word for abbreviation we should then have to invent 
another word for an abbreviation that is pronounced as a word.<<