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    Acronymizing a phrase containing an acronym

    Suppose there's a website called "BSD Lounge & Cafe", where BSD stands for Berkeley Software Distribution, the operating system. I want to make an acronym from that website's name. Is it BSDL&C or BL&C?

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    Re: Acronymizing a phrase containing an acronym

    Given that's is normally know as BSD, I would keep that, but it does produce a rather long acronym. Could you put a dash after BSD?

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    Re: Acronymizing a phrase containing an acronym

    Of course that's not a acronym; that an abbreviation or initialism.

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    Re: Acronymizing a phrase containing an acronym

    The acronym/initialism distinction is very rarely used in BrE; it was only when I came into daily contact on the web with AmE speakers that I came across it.

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    Re: Acronymizing a phrase containing an acronym

    I'm with TDOL on this.

    Very few people make this distinction. Most people don't know the difference.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Acronymizing a phrase containing an acronym

    That distinction is made in morphology. I know that people use them as synonyms, but in reality they're not; it's worth noting that testmakers are fond of this distinction very much.

    -Acronym: RAM. (it can be pronounced like a word)
    -Abbreviation: MDB. (we have to pronounce each letter separately, as though we were spelling the word out)

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