"acronym" redux

Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Fri Dec 17 15:54:41 UTC 2010

My latest On Language reader response explores the often muddy usage
of "acronym." I cite Stephen Goranson's excellent find for "acronym"
from 1940 and also discuss the POTUS/SCOTUS telegraphic codes that
came up here recently.



Ben Zimmer

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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