FAQ (was Re: TIPS)

Mark A. Mandel mamandel at LDC.UPENN.EDU
Fri Jul 7 17:20:47 UTC 2006

I asked
> Shouldn't we have an FAQ? No, I'm not volunteering to compile it.

Ben Zimmer quipped:
Well, the first question in the FAQ obviously should be:

Should it be "Shouldn't we have an FAQ?" or "Shouldn't we have a FAQ?"?


Yeah (sigh). I normally say /faek/, but my speech recognition software is
most likely to understand that as "fact". But it recognizes /'ef'ey'kyuw/ as
"FAQ" without difficulty. -- That doesn't address what I had to do to get
those phonemic representations in here, but I've already set up macros for

Do we have a term for expressions like this? That is, abbreviations formed
from initial letters and observed in the wild with both types of
pronunciation: acronymic and initialistic. The only other one I know of
offhand is ASAP, which I have heard pronounced /'ey,saep/ as well as

Grant Barrett says:


Last time we tried to make one it turned out almost nobody volunteered to
compile it. In the stead of an ADS FAQ, I offer the following list. Nine out
of ten language questions from the public can be answered by these pages.


How about putting that list at the head of the "links" page? Or give it a
page of its own, called FAQ, and headed with a version of the above

-- Mark A. Mandel
[This text prepared with Dragon NaturallySpeaking.]

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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