Talk:Initialism

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sub-class of acronym[change source]

The article gives a wrong impression of the distinctness of initialism from acronym. I see in OCED: "initialisms are acronyms (US English)", and (British English) "acronyms can usually be pronounced". Also, initialism redirects to acronym on English wiki. Also, LOL (chosen as an example of initialism by an editor here) can and is pronounced. On English wiki, SPQR is regarded as an acronym. There's a whole set on initialisms which are pronounceable when extra vowels are introduced, thus showing the similarity of the supposedly different concepts.

My experience is that in choosing abbreviations, speakable acronyms are preferred, but somtimes one just has to go with initials. It makes no sense to treat them separately. I'm going to pause so others can discuss, but at present I think this page should redirect, and both words should be discussed under acronym. Macdonald-ross (talk) 11:57, 10 March 2013 (UTC)

Please read [1].