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    Initialism

    I want to obtain clarification on the formation of an initialism. I came across an initialism which is a combination of one initialism and a couple more words. In this one though, the first initialism is shortened. This seems incorrect to me, thus would like clarification.

    ESD: initialism for Electrostatic Discharge

    An ESD Protected Area is the subject of the question. Would an initialism for this be ESDPA or EPA. I think EPA is incorrect because it removes a portion of the subject. It is being used in a document where I work so would like some understanding before I suggest a change.

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    Re: Initialism

    Welcome to the forums.

    You can't use EPA: that's been taken by the US Environmental Protection Agency.

    ESDPA sounds reasonable, after you have first written it out in full at the beginning of the document, followed by ESPDA in brackets.

    Not many people will confuse it with this.

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    Re: Initialism

    Define your terms at the beginning of the document and be consistent. If you do think there could be confusion with a well-known acronym (like the aforementioned EPA) then choose differently.

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    Re: Initialism

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    Define your terms at the beginning of the document and be consistent. If you do think there could be confusion with a well-known acronym (like the aforementioned EPA) then choose differently.

    Thanks for the response. I guess there is no correct or incorrect way of forming an initialism as long as you define it...

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