Antedating of "Initialism"

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Sun Dec 5 15:39:45 UTC 2010

Related to "acronym" is the word "initialism," antedated below:

initialism (OED 1899)

1870 _Notes and Queries_ 26 Nov. 454  The following is a short list of disguised and ungiven authors ... M.A.C. (initialism) -- Miss Mary Ann Cursham of Notts.

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