[Ads-l] Candidate for IOTY (Initialism of ...) -- PLOTUS

Joel Berson berson at ATT.NET
Thu Jun 11 17:43:12 UTC 2015


Yes, I misunderstood "initialism".  Since it's pronounceable, I should have said "acronym".  (Although I see that in the OED sense 1. of acronym = initialism.)

More fun indeed.  

Joel

      From: Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at YALE.EDU>
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Not just initialism, I assumed, but acronym.  Otherwise, what fun is it?

LH

> On Jun 11, 2015, at 1:16 PM, Joel Berson <berson at att.net> wrote:
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> "The poet laureate of the United States -- PLOTUS, in the lingo -- tends to be busy, Howard Nemerov once said, because he or she spends so much time explaining what the job entails."
> "A Working-Class Voice Meant to be Spoken", Dwight Garner, "Critic's Nooteook," NYTimes, June 10, 2015, C1.  Article prompted by the nomination of Juan Felipe Herrera as the next PLOTUS.  
> 
> Not to be confused with Plautus.
> 
> Joel
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