Discussing Diction

Ok, I am a word geek and thus found Walt Crawford’s explanation of the difference between an acronym and an initialism fascinating. I can hear Mr. Rochester groaning from miles away as he reads this post. Of course, NASA, populated by engineers, comes up with a new acronym or initialism for everything.

Speaking of NASA, they have developed a very sophisticated wiki program, called World Wind Central, which allows users to manipulate satellite imagery. This is a wiki on drugs. Well, actually, I am not surprised that engineers would have to come up with the uber wiki. (Original link from Library Stuff)

–Jane, SAHDT (Sits At Her Desk Typing)

Update: Spelling fixed.

One thought on “Discussing Diction

  • April 5, 2005 at 4:17 pm
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    So, does an acronym defer to an initialism, or is the other way around? Sorry, couldn’t resist making fun of your spelling!

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