Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Tue May 5 15:56:51 UTC 2009

At 8:16 AM -0700 5/5/09, Arnold Zwicky wrote:
>NSAID is an abbreviation for "non-steroidal ant-inflammatory drug".
>how is it pronounced?  apparently, as /En.sEd/ (with compound stress,
>1 2).  at least that's what i hear in tv ads.
>that is, the N is pronounced as a letter name (as in initialisms) and
>SAID is pronounced the same way as the verb form "said" (as in
>acronyms).  so this is one of those mixed abbreviations that we don't
>really have a name for.

à la NWAVE, which I'm sure was a major influence here


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