acronym (was re: uniting two old threads...)

James A. Landau JJJRLandau at NETSCAPE.COM
Sun May 28 15:30:42 UTC 2006

Just to add to the complications of this issue:

Do you accept as acronyms the practice in Hebrew of taking the initial consonants of a phrase and inserting enough /ah/ vowels to make the thing pronounceable?  e.g. "Zve Haganah l'Yisroel" (the Israeli armed forces, literally "force defense for Israel" becomes abbreviated as "ZHL" and pronunced as /zahal/.

And how do you classify "gung ho", which is extracted/assembled from the Chinese phrase "Zhongguo Gongye Hezuo She"?

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