acronyms versus abbreviations

Mullins, Bill AMRDEC Bill.Mullins at US.ARMY.MIL
Mon Feb 27 21:02:25 UTC 2006

> How about USAREUR (United States Army, Europe) pronounced
> "YOU-suh-roor"?
> OTOH, the collocations USASAE, USASASOU, ARB, AHB, etc. had
> no pronunciations, despite the plethora of vowels.
> -Wilson

The Navy is even worse than the Army -- they run stuff together like a
German making a new noun.  CINCPACSUBFLT -- "Commander in Chief of the
Pacific Submarine Fleet" -- is pronounced sink pack sub fleet.

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