FAQ (was Re: TIPS)

Charles Doyle cdoyle at UGA.EDU
Fri Jul 7 17:33:44 UTC 2006

I have heard "GIGO" pronounced both acronymically and initialistically.  The OED gives only one pronunciation, an acronymic one.  In fact, though, I have heard it pronounced variously as an acronym: /g/ vs. /j/, /ai/ vs. /i/.

Probably because we see the word and write it more often that we hear or speak it; orally, we're more likely to say the full proverb.


---- Original message ----
>Date: Fri, 7 Jul 2006 13:20:47 -0400
>From: "Mark A. Mandel" <mamandel at LDC.UPENN.EDU>
>Subject: FAQ (was Re: TIPS)
>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

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