[swift-evolution] Analysis of case conventions for initialisms

Jordan Rose jordan_rose at apple.com
Fri Feb 12 16:47:36 CST 2016

> On Feb 12, 2016, at 14:45, Jordan Rose <jordan_rose at apple.com> wrote:
>> On Feb 12, 2016, at 8:58, Dave Abrahams via swift-evolution <swift-evolution at swift.org <mailto:swift-evolution at swift.org>> wrote:
>> on Fri Feb 12 2016, David Waite <swift-evolution at swift.org <mailto:swift-evolution at swift.org>> wrote:
>>> Just to make things more complex, I’d like to point out I’ve used yet
>>> another style myself in the past, #2 with elements of #1 which I’ll
>>> refer to as #4 for the purposes of this mail. (2 << 1). Note that I
>>> have bad grammar, thus I may mess up initialism vs acronym 
>> The only reason the initialism/acronym distinction is important is that
>> the former are much more common and the latter don't have the
>> “mispronounced as a word instead of spelled out” problem.
> I maintain that this is not relevant. Pronouncing "URL" as "erl", "OS" as "oss", "SQL" as "sequel", "PNG" as "ping", or "GIF" as "?iff" doesn't affect how they're spelled, capitalized, lowercased, or uppercased. "Radar" and "scuba" show that it might matter after long exposure, but it doesn't change the rules now. And then there are mixes, like "JPEG" (pronounced "jay-peg", not "j'peg").
> The acronym/initialism distinction is artificial categorization that doesn't reflect speakers' mental reality (as indicated by the confusion and reluctance of everyone else on this list using the terms) and certainly doesn't affect orthography in the near term in any other context.

P.S. "dot-com", "dot-org", and "dot-net" vs. "dot-E-D-U" (could be "edu" from "education", but usually isn't), "dot-J-P", and of course "dot-co-dot-U-K".

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