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    Is ESL an acronym? (already solved)

    ESL is used in this book in two ways: (a) as a generic acronym to refer to instruction of English to speakers of other languages ... (H. Douglas Brown, Teaching by Principles, Third Edition, p. 3)
    http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/us...nglish/acronym
    According to the above link, an acronym is an abbreviation formed from the initial letters of other words and pronounced as a word (e.g., ASCII, NASA).

    Is ESL an acronym?
    Last edited by sitifan; 06-Dec-2015 at 07:51.
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    Re: Is ESL an acronym?

    Usage Note: In strict usage, the term acronym refers to a word made from the initial letters or parts of other words, such as sonar from so(und) na(vigation and) r(anging). The distinguishing feature of an acronym is that it is pronounced as if it were a single word, in the manner of NATO and NASA. Acronyms are often distinguished from initialisms like FBI and NIH, whose individual letters are pronounced as separate syllables. While observing this distinction has some virtue in precision, it may be lost on many people, for whom the term acronym refers to both kinds of abbreviations.

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    Re: Is ESL an acronym?

    The letters are individually pronounced as separate syllables.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 06-Dec-2015 at 09:48. Reason: Fixed typo
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