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Re: OSCAR - Acronym for...?




Ah, thanks.  I was wondering (seriously!)

Greg  KO6TH

(IBM can also be a sentence, but we shouldn't talk about that here...)


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> From: ka3hsw@att.net
> To: amsat-bb@amsat.org
> Date: Tue, 5 Aug 2008 22:35:02 -0500
> Subject: [amsat-bb] Re: OSCAR - Acronym for...?
> 
> 
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "James Whitfield" 
> To: 
> Sent: Tuesday, August 05, 2008 4:05 PM
> Subject: [amsat-bb] Re: OSCAR - Acronym for...?
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> 
> [snip]
>> I have had a moderately long technical career, occasionally punctuated by
>> what I now view as futile attempts to get co-workers, most of whom were
>> supposedly well educated, to understand the meaning of the term "acronym".
>> The difficult, and most frustrating, part is in trying to communicate what
>> an acronym is not.  COBOL is an acronym, but IBM and BLT are not.  ( Since
>> most of the time I have tried to point out the distinction, the reaction
>> that I got was "serious don't care". )
>>
> [snip]
> 
> 
> IBM and BLT are actually "initialisms"....  distinguished from an "acronym" 
> by virtue of not being pronounceable like COBOL, OSCAR, SNAFU, etc.
> 
> 
> 73,
> 
> George, KA3HSW 
> 
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